What makes smell the most visceral of all senses? Scent can transport you back to grandma’s kitchen or enliven your senses of a pristine beach with a soft murmur of waves and pleasant breezes. That is why buying perfumes is such an impulsive and extremely personal activity. You can have a team of experts recommending the most technically perfect perfume, but in the end, you will go with your gut. Scented candles fall into this class. The aroma filled flicker of a scented candle can be both meditative and escapist.
Candles are a deep-rooted tradition in many cultures and one of life’s little luxuries, but can scented candles truly influence our senses about our space? Research studies have proven the significant role of scented candles in the physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms of stress, mood, and overall mental health. The aromatic smell of the candles activates the limbic system in our brain, which includes our memory and emotions. This leads to the production of serotonin and dopamine, which stabilize our mood, and influence our emotional state. A fall in serotonin or dopamine may lead to depression.
The Health Benefits of Scented Candles
While certain distinctive fragrances can trigger detailed memories you have related to them, other aromas assist in improving your mood and overall well-being. Aromas of lavender, geranium, and peppermint are widely used to treat various psychological and physiological conditions. While peppermint and spearmint help to enhance focus and improve memory, ylang-ylang evokes a feeling of joy and ease, and jasmine is widely used to arouse positive feelings. To calm anxiety, lemon, chamomile, rosemary and geranium are your best bet.
When it comes to scented candles, there are specific flavours of this beloved home accessory to light at different times of the year. For spring and summer, floral scent of rose, eucalyptus, lotus flower, iris, and jasmine will bring freshness to your rooms. During winter, woody candles of sandalwood, frankincense, patchouli, or moor pine are perfect for a warm ambience while reading a book in bed or sofa or during an intimate dinner. At this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, citrus-scented candles are an excellent choice to lift spirits and maintain a positive outlook.
Reasons for the Growing Popularity of Scented Candles
Candles have a strong association with festive occasions like birthday parties or candlelit dinner with someone special. One way to enjoy the beauty of candlelight thoroughly is to turn off the world and focus on yourself in absolute stillness and solitude. Candles are historically associated with religious and spiritual ceremonies everywhere in the world. The softness of the flame touches the soul. The candlelight helps some people to achieve a meditative state more easily than other means. Scented candles have the added advantage of a subtle fragrance filling the space around them.
You can select scented candles according to your mood and desires or as a part of interior decoration. Hence, citrus or fresh flowers seem to be ideal for the bathroom, while woody notes are the right choice for the living room. You can try other fragrances by changing them regularly. One thing to be aware of is the fact that a scented candle gives off all its scent only after an hour, and after three hours, they can start to degrade. Hence, it makes sense not to leave a candle on for over three hours. It is also important not to keep the candle close to heat or leave exposed directly to sunlight, which makes the wax soft.
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