July 16 2010
I prefer travelling light, but when I recently had my small rucksack excavated by a Heathrow customs official I realised there’s one essential that I always pack – Badger Sleep Balm.
I discovered its effectiveness two years ago when I received it as a Christmas present (the giver knew that I would appreciate the charmingly illustrated tin). Since then I’ve used it frequently and find that it really does help to conjure sleep, even in the recent heatwave.
Reading the tin’s blurb – “a dreamy night balm rich with precious oils to calm, encourage, cheer and relax poetic badgers and other restless wanderers” – makes me feel that this particular badger is a reassuring nocturnal friend. Meanwhile, it is clear from the list of ingredients – extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, beeswax and essential oils of bergamot, ginger, rosemary, lavender and balsam fir – that no nasty chemicals or synthetics are involved. “Rub a little onto temples, face, neck or lips,” urge the instructions. “Use it regularly and expect results.” Well, yes, I can vouch for that.
I’ve since discovered that Sleep Balm is just one of many Badger products from a family-run company that started on a kitchen table in New Hampshire 15 years ago when the owners began mixing a traditional herbal remedy to heal dry, cracked hands. There are now headache soothers, muscle rubs, moisturisers, joint soothers, a foot balm, cuticle care, baby balm and an anti-bug balm. There’s even a yoga and meditation balm.
I’m currently experimenting with Clear Mind Balm and Stress Soother, both of which sit next to my computer. I haven’t found either as effective as Sleep Balm, but the illustrated tins do cheer me up on trickier days.