Touch. Sight. Hearing. Taste. Smell. There are 5 physical senses, and smell is the one that aromatherapy candles targets. It's goal is to holistically promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit through the use of essential oils and sometimes other plant materials. Even if you’re not a believer in the ability of aromatherapy to restore and balance, you can’t deny the joy and relaxation that washes over you when you smell certain scents.
Most people enjoy scented candles as a way to deodorize their home or to set a certain mood. But aromatherapy candles can do that and more for your life and your home. They’re usually made without harmful cancer-causing chemicals and petroleum byproducts. The best therapeutic candles will have sustainably sourced and pesticide-free oils and plant materials. Eco-friendly and health/energy conscious ingredients make sure that when you are burning your candle, you’re getting the best and healthiest experience possible.
Whether you’re looking for a stress buster, an anxiety reliever, a gentle calm or an energy boost, lighting an aromatherapy candle can help facilitate the rejuvenation that you need. They allow you to create the emotional, mental and spiritual lift you’re looking for while creating an atmosphere that allows you to thrive.
Why would you choose to feel like you’re hanging on by a thread, barely holding things together, stressed and making short-range decisions that may not have positive effects on your future in the long run… when you could thrive. Surviving doesn’t allow you to truly develop rigorously and feed your spirit. No matter your situation, a little moment with the healing of the earth can help set you on the path to thriving.
Lavender is said to promote relaxation and better sleep. It may even reduce your temperature, allowing you to feel more comfortable as well as lower your blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is thought to be a major mood lifter, providing some relief to those suffering from anxiety or depression. It may also boost self-esteem and improve your sex life. With benefits like these, why wouldn’t you want to incorporate an aromatherapy candle or two into your home?
Before choosing which candles are best for you, it’s helpful to know that all candles are not created equal. As we said earlier, eco-friendly and health/energy conscious ingredients in a therapeutic candle are very important. You don’t want your candle to be doing more harm than good. If your candle is releasing toxic chemicals and compounds into your space along with sweet smelling aromas, you’re probably not getting a truly holistic experience.
If you’re concerned about what goes into your air, choose soy or beeswax candles formulated with real (organic) essential oils. Take care of your candle, be sure to trim your wick appropriately and keep it away from drafty areas. Burning your candle for an hour at a time allows your aromas to go farther and penetrate more effectively.
Adding aromatherapy candles to your decor, self-care or wellness regimen is unlikely to disappoint. Tune in to yourself and attend to your needs, and watch (or smell) the magic happens.