Candles have long been used through the centuries. At first they were used solely as a source of light, but after the advent of electric power, they are used to enhance the ‘mood’ of a place. Nothing beats a romantic candle lit dinner under the starry skies! These days, with the popularization of aromatherapy, another dimension has been added to the use of candles. Aromatherapy candles are candles that are made of the essential oils which are used in aromatherapy. They not only turn a commonplace room into a radiant, inviting setting, but also help to relieve stress and anxiety and promote a sense of general well-being.
How do they work?
Aromatherapy candles release a small, but continuous stream of herbal and floral essential oils into the air as they burn. These essential oils have a physiological or therapeutic effect on mood through their fragrance. The chemicals in the essential oils enter your body as you breathe, and travel throughout the body, including the brain, through the bloodstream. You receive subtle benefits as the chemicals interact with your body. Aromatherapy candles provide the dual benefits of smell therapy and the body’s positive reaction to essential oils in small doses. When you burn aromatherapy candles, you not only alter, enhance, and improve your state of mind, but also make your surroundings smell nice.
A word to the wise
Be careful when buying aromatherapy candles from the market. Remember, an aromatherapy candle is one that contains essential oils. Any scented candle may not necessarily be an aromatherapy candle. Check the label of the candle for the words essential oils”. Since essential oils are highly volatile and dissipate quickly, a pure aromatherapy candle must be wrapped to contain the essential oils, or else it will barely smell after a few weeks of sitting on the shelves. If you see a candle sitting on a shelf, unwrapped, and it still smells strong, it is not an aromatherapy candle.
Some of the common aromatherapy candles that are available and their benefits are as follows:
Lavender is one of the most well-known aromatherapy oils for alleviating stress and anxiety. These candles help you relax after a long, hard day.
Eucalyptus helps with respiratory problems and it boosts the immune system.
Essential oil of peppermint helps relieve digestive disorders, headaches and muscle aches.
Lemon is uplifting and relaxing. It helps to give you that extra bit of pep that you need and also soothes your nerves.
Essential oil of sage is a very good relaxant and is a time-tested antidote for insomnia.
Rosemary candles are good for mental stimulation. Light one when you need to think or study.