Using Aromatherapy and Candles to Reduce Stress
There are many benefits to using scented candles in your home, but there is more to it than just the smell. Aromatherapy has been proven to be effective at restoring our equilibrium and increasing our energy levels, which is why we all love those scented candles so much!
Candles are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to start practicing self-care.You may be wondering, "how exactly can a candle help me take better care of myself and help me to reduce stress?" Candles evoke our sense of smell, one of our most powerful senses, smells create strong, emotional links in your brain.
- The soothing effect that candles have is based on how the brain processes smells.
- The smell of scented candles stimulates your limbic system, the part of the brain that is home to your memory and emotions.
- As your brain processes these smells, hormones like serotonin and dopamine can be produced to help regulate your mood to help you de-stress and relax.
1. Restore Equilibrium (Balance Hormones)
Aromatherapy candles are a great way to unwind and relax. When you inhale the sweet scents, your body secretes feel good chemicals called endorphins. This helps restore balance to your hormones, so you can sleep better and they can even ease headaches caused by stress.
2. Improve Sleep
Burn candles at night to relax while you are reading before bed, Fill the room with aroma’s of your favorite scent. If you want to improve your sleep, you can burn candles at night to relax while you are reading before bed. Fill the room with aroma’s of your favorite scent. Aromatherapy candles are made from natural ingredients that can help induce relaxation and sleep. You should use a timer to turn off the candle prior to falling sleeping( because it is a tiny fire.) Never let candles burn unattended, while sleeping, or too close to your bed or drapes to prevent accidental igniting and fires.
3. Fight Headaches
If you're suffering from a headache, feeling overwhelmed, it's time to break out those candles. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and helichrysum are great to help soothe headaches and help you unclench and clear your mind.
4. Mood Stabilizing and Regulation
Lighting a scented aromatherapy candle is an easy, quick way to “trick” your brain into producing happy chemicals. The next time you feel like you’re in a bad mood, like you've hit a wall, or feel anxious, try lighting a candle to shift your mood. Focus on the intention of transitioning into a better mental space, and lean into the positive, calming, warm atmosphere that lighting a scented candle creates. As you sit with yourself, do some breath work and you will find yourself feeling happier and mentally elevated. (Try yoga or meditation while lighting a candle to incorporate mood regulation into your daily routine)
5.Health Benefits + Happy Benefits
The sense of smell is so powerful and scented candles not only have health benefits but also help you to remember memories based off of certain smells. Maybe the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin bring you back to your Grandmother's kitchen at Thanksgiving or the mixture of ptpourri reminds you that Fall has arrived. We relate smells to feelings so why not have a jar of happiness right on your table? Let's look at the different benefits that you can get from different scents. (Scents with * means that you'll find these in our Signature Spa Soy Candle)