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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 has shown that many moods and negative emotions can be lifted due to the fragrances or scents that are introduced into the environment. According to Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, a professor and director of the department of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the parts of the brain that are the olfactory regions are also known to be major parts of the brain that regulate emotions. “Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, has found that certain scents produce changes in blood pressure and other physiological responses comparable to those achieved through meditation, a standard relaxation technique used to help people deal with stress. The smell of spiced apple, Dr. Schwartz says, is especially effective. In studies of healthy volunteers under stress, it has brought systolic blood pressure down an average of three to five points and in some instances has lowered diastolic blood pressure as well.”
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.
Companies in Tokyo use scents to improve productivity. One company uses scents of lemons in the morning, at midday the scent of roses reduce stress, and in the afternoon the scent of cypress is used as a pick-me up. In the Tokyo Stock exchange, the scents of peppermint are released through ducts and vents to perk up associates. A company in the US that offers mood-drenched indoor scents diffused an apple aroma through a lecture hall during a seminar to relax the listeners and enhance their receptivity to new ideas. At the moment the company is developing automotive versions to help keep drivers awake and alert. Also, scent alarm clocks spray out a pleasing up-you-get fragrance.
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.
Who would want to go back to the scentless and colorless world of unscented candles? It wouldn’t hurt to try lighting a scented candle to activate our senses into different modes and moods. It is quite interesting how the mind, body, and scents can lead towards a new path in wellness.
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
Geranium- soothing and relaxing scent
Jasmine- deep and relaxing; sensual scent
Rose- Ability to relax a person and may help a woman balance out her hormones; calming benefit
Sandalwood- relaxing and calming ability; helps soothe irritation and lifts depression; associated with meditation
lilac- helps recall past lives; helps decision making; improves memory