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One of the best reasons to buy scented candles is the benefits due to their aromatherapy properties. Aromatherapy is an alternative approach for helping the mind, body, and spirit through the use of essential oils and fragrances to create an atmosphere and stimulate the senses. Science and research have shown that many moods and negative emotions can be lifted due to the fragrances or scents that are introduced into the environment.
Aromatherapy goes back about 5000 years to the ancient Egyptians who used essential oils in baths, massages, and the embalming process. Today studies show that certain aromatherapy scents can trigger reactions within the body which relieve stress, enhance mental clarity and concentration, help us gain energy, create sensual mood and setting, help you fall asleep at night, and even help you with pain management. By understanding the different aromatherapy properties connected to various scents, you can choose scented candles that will have the desired or intended effect. Humans are naturally drawn to things that smell good and make us feel good.
Keep in mind that you receive the benefits subtly through continued use. For relaxation, use a scented candle when you are alone taking a candlelight bubble bath. Write a poem or story, and read a book while using concentration fragrances. Use certain scents to bring back happy memories or when expecting company over for the holidays. Create a sensual mood with vanilla, rose, or sandalwood.
As you can see aromatherapy is an efficient and cost-effective way to increase productivity, quality of work, as well as a sense of well being. Try scented candles to add a pleasing atmosphere in an entire room. You can also use different forms such as diffusers, aroma melts warmers, incense, linen sprays, hanging sachets in closets, and scent-based lotions. There are many ways to enrich our family and personal lives without spending too much time and money.
Here are some basic scents:
Lavender- soothing and relaxing; said to help relieve stress, depression, anxiety, and nervous disorders; used to treat headaches and to have less difficulty falling asleep; some find it useful during childbirth; nice in bedroom and bath.
Citrus scents- (grapefruit, lemon, orange, etc…) invigorating and brightens the mood of a room; uplifting and clean; eliminates anxiety and stress; in a study of lemon scents it caused the biggest drop in mistakes during keyboard typing; helps you concentrate.
Vanilla- sweet scent known to be a natural aphrodisiac; naturally warming and soothing; relaxing and comforting; thoughts of favorite foods and happy memories of home and childhood.
Cinnamon- Helps with exhaustion and fatigue; wonderful effects on nerves; calms you down and makes you more aware.
Jasmine- deep and relaxing; a sensual scent.
Sandalwood- relaxing and calming ability; helps soothe irritation and lifts depression; associated with meditation.
Lilac- helps recall past lives; helps decision making; improves memory.