Valentine Special: Top 10 Pre-Date Nerve Busters

BATD ON Feb 03, 2009 AT 11:19 am

Skullcap, Oat & Passionflower Compound

Skullcap, Oat & Passionflower Compound

Everything’s gone according to plan; he’s asked you to dinner, you’ve trawled NET-A-PORTER for the sexiest ever dress and blown every last penny on the most exquisite underwear money can buy, so what’s the worry? Blitz your pre-date nerves with our beautiful solutions.

Back in the day when ladies got the vapours and gentlemen drew pistols at dawn, nerve tonics were the cure for passion induced palpitations. Napiers revival of an 1870′s tonic, Skullcap, Oat & Passionflower Compound, £14.95, uses an original de-stressing recipe that should stop you swooning!

Fragrance away the fear! Hiram Green, at Scent-Systems, is a fragrance expert, and suggests, ‘Wear a perfume containing rose; it’s an excellent scent for calming nerves and dealing with anxiety, but it must be a natural rose oil otherwise you won’t have any of its therapeutic benefits. It’s also a very feminine, clean and fresh scent, so you can be full of confidence knowing you smell gorgeous.’ Scent Systems Rose Perfume, £229,

Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot-Relief, £7.97, is a mind clearing formula designed to be dabbed on pressure points, such as earlobes, temples and the back of the neck for instant soothing.

Relaxing is free and easy but you aren’t, so get focussed on a simple Breathing Technique to instantly calm. Breathing deeply so your shoulders rise and fall with each breath and your stomach expands on the inhale and deflates on the exhale slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure and reduces anxiety. Try it 10 times.

Pre date prep is a great time to focus on relaxing away your jitters. Good Works Balance Bath Oil, £10, is loaded with balancing essential oils grapefruit, geranium and petitgrain to clear your mind and ease away tension. Click here to buy it now.

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