7 Benefits of Lavender

Lavender, lavender, lavender.

Our lavender candle has been one of our most popular candles since we introduced it in 2015. We work with a high quality lavender essential oil, so that our costumers whom burn the candle may really benefit from some of the healing affects that the aroma of lavender may bring.  

Here are 7 impressive benefits of Lavender Essential Oil: 

Sleep Issues: If you regularly struggle with insomnia, apnea, or restless sleep patterns, it can seriously impact your life. By brewing a few lavender flowers in hot water, you can steep a wonderful tea that has been used to induce sleep and relaxation for thousands of years. This is closely linked to the flower’s impact on the nervous system, and can also help to clear your mind of negative thoughts or clutter. It is commonly combined with meditation techniques, either in essential oil or aromatherapy form.

Anxiety and Stress: There are a number of methods to use lavender to soothe anxiety and stress. The natural organic compounds in the leaves and flowers of lavender can be ground between the fingers and then rubbed into the temples. This topical application can soothe the body and mind, relieving anxious thoughts and balancing out mood. Aside from this topical application of the flowers themselves, you can also brew lavender tea and achieve much the same effect. The antioxidant components of lavender can impact the endocrine system of the body to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body.

Anti-Inflammatory Qualities: Everyone is looking for a reliable way to relax the body and mind, and lavender takes care of both. If you add flowers to your bathwater and take a nice long soak, the anti-inflammatory components of lavender can help to reduce inflammation throughout the body and easy hurting muscles. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of lavender are quite potent, and this is one of the most trusted applications of lavender flowers.

Skin Care: An easy, mobile way to always take care of your skin is to fill a spray bottle with lavender flowers. When your skin is feeling dry or irritated, simply spray some of the infused water on the area and enjoy the quick relief that it can provide. This can also work for chronic conditions, like psoriasis, eczema, and even acne.

Antiseptic Ability: Although many people turn to lavender to relaxation and aromatherapeutic applications, its effect on infection is impressive, to say the least. Many people apply crushed lavender leaves on wounds and injuries to promote not only quick healing of the wounds, but also to prevent the development of infections at those sites. This has been a popular use for lavender since antiquity.

Hair Health: If you suffer from hair loss or any other condition that affects the quality and health of your hair, seek out a lavender-based shampoo. However, some of those organic cosmetic products can be quite expensive, while others may claim to be derived from lavender and still contain harsh chemicals. One of the best options is to steep lavender flowers as though you are brewing tea and then apply that mixture to your hair. It will function as an effective shampoo and significantly boost the health of your follicle beds and hair.

Heart Issues: The relaxing qualities of lavender, which come from its organic compounds and antioxidants, also help the heart by reducing blood pressure and easing the tension of blood vessels. This can prevent atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular issues, thereby lowering your risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Bloating and Digestive Issues: The polyphenols found in lavender have a wide range of effects on the body, including anti-aging impacts, but it can also help prevent the development of harmful bacteria in the gut. Essentially, this will prevent the accumulation of gas in the gut from the emissions of those bacteria. This will ease stomach discomfort, reduce bloating, and eliminate cramping. Either chewing on lavender leaves or drinking a lavender tea can be effective in this way.


Women who inspire V1 - Alison Westlake

I was first introduced to who Alison Westlake (lovingly known as 'Coriander Girl') was from my friend Sapna, who sent me her website (http://www.coriandergirl.com/) just before the One of a Kind Show in March of 2013 and said 'Nat, this woman is awesome, you should really try to connect with her'. It was a moment in time, and it was a website that I looked up and thought - yes, this lady is really, really, really cool.

The days and weeks that lead up to the One of A Kind Show were as hectic as could be imagined and I was unable to reach out to Alison before the show, but I knew that I needed and wanted to connect with her as soon as possible, so I left it alone and promised myself to reach out afterwards. 

Fast forward a few weeks later and on one of the days while we were exhibiting at the show, I came back from a break and my husband said 'This lady named Alison came by the booth, she really liked your stuff and gave me her card'. There he held, this adorable white card with a floral pattern that could only belong to Alison Westlake. I said 'Where did she go? Which way did she walk!' and he pointed down the aisle which he saw her turn and I spotted her down the aisle. I practically football tackled her when I caught up with her as I was so eager to introduce myself. 

'HI! I'M NATALIE! MY FRIEND SENT ME YOUR WEBSITE! I LOVE YOUR STUFF! OMG I THINK YOU'RE SO COOL! I'M SO HAPPY TO MEET YOU! OMG OMG OMG!' And there we stood, practically holding hands and jumping up and down. A  sweet kinship started and I knew that the coolness which was felt through her online presence was actually so real, and so accurate that I was an instant fan of hers. 

She was kind and gracious and super inspirational. At our first meeting after the show at her shop she walked me through the process of how her shop came to be, what it has been like being a small business in Parkdale as the neighbourhood was gentrifying and her secrets of success (mainly courage and positive thinking). Lovely, gracious, enthusiastic and generally awesome were the take home feelings after meeting with Alison.

She has been featured in many magazines and has been the resident florist for The Marilyn Denis Show

One day she sent me an email and said something along the lines of 'hey hon, check my site' to which I found this video (click here). She brought our candles to the Marilyn Denis Show and demonstrated different table settings to match different vibes using our candles. She didn't need to do this and I had no idea she was promoting our candles on live TV.

In that moment and on that day she further demonstrated that we're all in this together, and helping each other in any possible way is the absolute best way to go. 

Thank you Alison, you are about as awesome as they come. 



Looking Back - Reminiscing on The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District


Being asked to be apart of the Toronto Christmas Market was the absolute best, most fantastic invitation we received in 2013. The Market had a reputation of being fun, busy and full of life - and it didn't disappoint!

The atmosphere was awesome as Torontonians walked around with their children, or pet (or both) in one hand while holding a mulled wine in the other. Life was very much present in those 3 weeks and it was a memory that we look back at often with only fond and positive memories. When we were asked to return in 2014, there was no hesitation - the answer was yes, yes & yes. 

Like so many new experiences in 2013, the ability to be present would not have been possible without a little help from our friends and family. Our parents, family and friends rallied and came to work, chill or visit our (outdoor) booth and with every friendly, familiar face was an instant memory... and perhaps a picture. 

Enjoy a few memories which were made and will be forever remembered of our first ever, Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery. 



History of La Vela Bella

In December 2012, La Vela Bella's owner, Natalie Mancini had a craft weekend at her cottage with her friends.

The intent of the weekend was for all the ladies to make a craft and at the end of the weekend, they would swap with one another thereby each lady would go home with one unique craft per person. Natalie took on the challenge of candle making. 

Upon returning home after the weekend, she presented her then boyfriend (now husband!) her handmade item. He looked at her with a sparkle in his eye and said 'you do realize that people would buy this, right?', to which Natalie had to agree. 

She decided to work up the courage and shop her prototype candles around to a store a block and a half from her home. Luckily, the store was called Miracle Thieves, a small collective of local artists in the Toronto area. The candles were just their thing and they picked it up within a few days. Within a couple of weeks of placing their first order, they had sold out and asked for a second owner. Natalie was thrilled (and confident!) and from there, with this new encouragement received by Miracle Thieves Natalie marched around Toronto and the GTA and managed to get La Vela Bella Candles into roughly 20 stores. 

Natalie was eager to participate in any large marketplace in the city to sell and promote her new candle business. In the spring of 2013 La Vela Bella was invited to be a vendor at The One of A Kind show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto and during the Christmas season they were invited to be a vendor at the Distillery Christmas Market in the beautiful Distillery District in downtown Toronto. 


'Do you sell online?' was one of the top questions La Vela Bella received in 2013, and we are happy to answer, now, in 2014 - yes, yes we do. 

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