Now then, if you’re an aficionado of bridge (not the river spanning structures, but the card game beloved by mind game players the world over) you will recently have been dancing about and engaging in all sorts of bridge-related revelry, when the England Women’s Bridge Team toasted defending their title at the World Mind Sports Games – the equivalent to the Olympics for world class bridge players. And to what do they attribute their success (other than being excellent bridge players of course)? A dab of pure Lavender Oil.
The English team is made up of Heather Dhondy, 46, Nevena Senior, 52, Nicola Smith, 63, Sally Brock, 58, Susan Stockdale, 29, and Fiona Brown, 27 – and they all swear that a touch of lavender oil is the key to helping them to keep calm and concentrate. “We dab ourselves with drops of lavender oil before every match,” said Mrs Dhondy, of Hendon, north London. “It is supposed to calm the nerves and improve concentration”.
To those unacquainted with bridge it is a trick-taking card game played using a standard 52-card deck. It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. The game consists of several deals each progressing through four phases: dealing the cards, the auction (also referred to as bidding), playing the hand, and scoring the results. However most club and tournament play involves some variant of duplicate bridge, where the cards are not re-dealt on each occasion, the same deal being played by two or more different sets of players to enable comparative scoring. If you think that sounds complicated, well it is! And that is why the world’s best bridge players have come to rely on more than just skill to give them that competitive edge.
For this year’s competition the English team had spent countless hours in training, and admitted seeing a sports psychiatrist to reinforce their will to win. They also worked on diet and fitness to get through 13 single-set games and four two-day matches in a fortnight – although they were probably not as fit as the Indonesian team which was sent to an Army-style boot camp prior to last year’s world championship! However it was the Lavender Oil that they believe really helped to tip them over the edge.
Lavender has long been prized for its powers of calming and relaxation, and it is this that is believed to be what helps to increase concentration and mental awareness. A stressed and hectic mind will undoubtedly struggle to focus, but the soothing effect of Lavender essential oil will aid in calming the nerves and thus increasing concentration by removing the effects of distracting stimuli.
So next time you need a helping hand to get you through a difficult or stressful situation, try a drop of our gorgeous velvety pure Lavender oil.