Feeling stressed, tired, emotional or depressed? Looking for ways to feel more energised and lift your mood? Then help could be on hand in the lighting of a candle!
Many of us use candles in our homes to help create a homely ambience. On a cold stormy evening there’s nothing nicer than snuggling down on the sofa, watching the candle light flickering around the room. But instead of lighting an unscented candle or candles that help your home smell nice, why not try lighting an aromatherapy candle instead.
Around 5,000 years ago the Egyptians first used scented oils for bathing and massages. Throughout the centuries many different cultures have embraced aromatherapy and have used it for different purposes. In today’s modern world, aromatherapy is used to improve psychological and/or physical well-being using essential oils.
Essential oils are made from essences extracted from plant material such as flowers, leaves, barks, roots and peel. Using these natural ingredients, essential oils are then created either on their own, or blended together to create a more complex fragrance. You can find out more by visiting: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-are-essential-oils#section1
If you are going to start using aromatherapy candles, make sure you buy soy candles instead of petroleum and synthetic based wax candles as these can cause respiratory problems and therefore create a countereffect. Soy candles contain nothing but natural products and additionally burn longer than other types of candles. Baldwins have a great range of soy and beeswax aromatherapy candles for you to choose from.
If you’re an absolute novice and have no idea where to start (and don’t worry if you are, everyone has to start somewhere!) here are two examples of common problems which people use aromatherapy candles to help them with.
If you suffer from insomnia there are several candles that can help you get a good night’s sleep. Candles that contain lavender, bergamot, rose or neroli could help you nod off. Lavender is a well-known scent to aid sleep due to its sedating qualities but as it also helps with anxiety, it will help slow your heart rate and nervous system down, making you relax. Rose and neroli work in roughly the same way but bergamot however is often used to help people feel refreshed and free of stress, but don’t be put off. Due to its stress-free properties it can help you get to sleep quicker and stay asleep for longer periods. Just one thing though, make sure you always blow the candles out before you drift off!
Stress-relief and anxiety
There are a whole host of essential oils that can help relieve stress such as eucalyptus, spearmint, frankincense and chamomile. You may find that many eucalyptus aromatherapy candles also contain spearmint as they do work in the same way. They both help you breathe deeper and spearmint has the added benefits of helping you to focus and as a mood enhancer. Chamomile is very calming and is often associated with herbal tea for obvious reasons! Frankincense calms the body and mind, and helps treat any anxiety normally associated with stress.
If you’d like to understand more about the essential oils and how aromatherapy can help you, seek the advice of a trained aromatherapist who can ensure you are using the correct aromas to suit your needs. Visit the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (https://ifparoma.org/) for further information.