What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
Have you noticed that your mood can be instantly lifted when in the presence of a pleasant smelling candle? This is because the essential oils in the candle has healing qualities improving psychological or physical well-being.
So how did aromatherapy begin?
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs.
One of the best reasons to buy scented candles is the benefits due to their aromatherapy properties. 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.
Burning candles can increase productivity, enhance relaxation, help eliminate stress, gain energy, help with sleeplessness, achieve a sensual mood and more.
Certain scents are well known in achieving specific benefits:
LAVENDER: Lavender is known to have soothing properties and is said to help relieve stress, depression, anxiety, and nervous disorders; used to treat headaches and to have less difficulty falling asleep; some also find it useful during childbirth.
LEMON / LIME: Citrus scents such as lime and lemon are invigorating and can brighten the mood of a room, it is uplifting and clean and is said to eliminate anxiety and stress and can help you concentrate.
VANILLA: This sweet scent is known to be a natural aphrodisiac; naturally soothing; relaxing and comforting and is said to bring happy memories of childhood and family.
SANDALWOOD: Relaxing and calming, sandalwood can help soothe irritation and lifts depression and is associated with meditation.