For relaxing and creating ambience
A wonderful way to add fragrance and change the mood in any room is by using aromatherapy candles which have been made with essential oils. Aromatherapy candles are usually made of natural substances, such as beeswax, soybean wax or even vegetable oil. So not only are these candles environmentally friendly, they can also have therapeutic effects on both mind and body. When essential oils are added to candles for aromatherapy purpose, the oil & molecules will be diffused into the environment as the wax heats up and melts. So when being in a room while this type of candle is burning, you will also be inhaling a soothing, relaxing or even revitalising aroma as well as enjoying the wonderful glow of softly burning candlelight. Since aromatherapy essential oils are derived from a variety of plants, leaves, flowers, berries and bark, there is a large selection available for you to find the right fragrance for your need. Whether it’s to heal or relax, there is an aromatherapy candle just right for you.
When purchasing candles for aromatherapy, it’s important to check the label to see what ingredients have been used. Not all candles are equal so try to select candles that are made with natural ingredients. The most effective candles are Soy candles made with essential oils and are now commonly available. These are an excellent choice as they are non toxic, biodegradable and renewable. They also burn slower and have less smoke than other types of candles ; so throw away those chemical air fresheners which are of little benefit anyway.
Suggested essential oils for use are as follows:-
Frankincense is warming and is useful for getting a good nights sleep.
Peppermint is strong and minty. Can aid with alertness.
Lemon is also a stong scent and can help dispel fatigue.
Jasmine smells as good as it sounds can help spark romance.
Grapefruit is another citrus scent that can lift your spirits.
Vanilla is very rich and helps to relieve tension and irritability.
Lavender is fresh and floral and helps in creating a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Great for destressing.
Sandalwood can help ease feelings of anxiety and stress.
Mandarin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg or a blend of these are ideal for use during Christmas or the colder months.
Peppermint, lemon, rosemary or bergamot either used separately or blended can help stimulate or refresh the senses.
In an emergency, you can quickly make your own aromatherapy candles by dabbing some essential oil around the top of a candle – not too close to the wick. When the candle is lit, the heat from the wick will warm the oil and release a subtle fragrance.
Burning aromatherapy candles scented with pure essential oils is a wonderful way to add fragrance to a room. Not only does an aromatherapy candle smell and look nice, it can have therapeutic effects on the body and mind, so give it a try.
Caution: Never leave a burning candle unattended and keep out of reach of children and pets.