In 1937 a French chemist discovered that lavender essential oils could heal burns. The Egyptians had known the benefits of herbal scents and essences centuries earlier, and had burnt spices and herbs in specially-built large squares in their cities to purify the air.
Today, we make scented candles to clear the air. The use of aromatherapy candles with essential oils in spas and holistic healing centers is becoming increasingly common across Europe and North America. Aromatherapy candles have been known to relax the mind and body. What many people aren’t aware of is that these scented candles not only soothe but also rejuvenate.
Aromatherapy has been found to treat a number of mental and physical health conditions, as well as to bring about positive environmental effects. Candles are the cheapest and easiest ways of incorporating aromatherapy into your lifestyle and experiencing the many health benefits.
How Aromatherapy Actually Works
Almost every organ of the body can be affected in a positive way by essential oils. Whether it is lavender or jasmine oil, marjoram or clary sage, each essential oil has its own special effect on the body. Some are anti-bacterial, others are diuretic or stimulate the adrenal glands, or are antiviral. When the oil from scented candles is inhaled, it stimulates that part of the brain associated with memories and emotion, called the limbic system. This part of the brain is linked directly to the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and other parts of the body that regulate heart beat, breathing, stress, memory and other physiological processes. This means that the essential oils can have an immediate balancing effect on the emotions and the bodily processes.
How to Use Scented Candles for Specific Conditions
You can use scented candles to treat specific mental and physical health issues.
Clary sage, rose, jasmine and grapefruit infused into candles, for instance, help soothe depression.
Basil, juniper, sage and geranium oils can help in soothing anxiety.
Lemon grass, nutmeg, peppermint and citronella oils have been known to be good for exhaustion.
Basil is also good for nervous tension, as are vetiver, cedarwood and palmarosa.
For insomniacs, jasmine, lavender, thyme and marjoram oils can be relaxing, and can be used to soothe the sufferer to sleep.
Lavender is good for bringing about mental clarity.
Mint invigorates, rosemary de-stresses and citrus and jasmine help to soothe headaches. Ginger oil can help with nausea and eucalyptus oil is good for treating sinus problems and respiratory problems that come with colds, coughs and flu. Mixing many of these oils and scents together can enhance the benefits of the candles as well.
Holistic and Environmental Benefits
Essential oils used in aromatherapy candles are of plant origin and are non-toxic. Aromatherapy candles create a cozy ambiance without the risk of polluting the environment. Candles can also help in improving the ambiance of any home or office, using scented candles enhances the well-being of the people in the room. Candles that contain peppermint, spearmint, basil and eucalyptus oil for example can have a rejuvenating effect you when you are feeling lethargic toward the end of a busy day.
Natural soy candles do not emit black soot and carcinogens when they burn, and they are biodegradable as well. However, it is important to ensure when using scented candles that the essential oils used in the candles are pure and not merely fragrance oils, which are not as therapeutic as the true essential oils.
Ruth Denton. http://candlemakingskills.com
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