Besides adding a nice touch of decor and the pleasant fragrance it emanates, scented candles boast many intrinsic benefits for our mind and soul. Here’s why they are a staple at any home.
How the brain processes smell
Arguably, one of the reasons why most of us turn to candles in the first place is the scientifically proven aromatherapy that scented candles provide. Our emotional state is heavily influenced by the relationship between emotions, memories and scent. When you pick up the smell of fresh flowers, you may reminisce on your first date and the giddy excitement that ensued. A warm, toasty scent and you’re rocketed back to the days of fall — your favourite season.
Each scent follows a varying wave of emotions in different individuals. Some scents, in particular, trigger the same hormones repeatedly in many people. Mainstream scents, such as eucalyptus, jasmine and lavender, are particularly useful in lifting one’s spirits and easing one’s feelings.
Amidst the pandemic and the never-ending quarantines, it seems inevitable that our anxiety levels have reached a new peak as we try to navigate the new normal. That said, as we tackle the foreign, it is vital to adopt a set of self-care practices to keep our mental health in check.
As you tuck into bed and catch up on the next Netflix release or start a new book, the warm glow of candles and soft flicker of candlelight are beautiful additions to your relaxation routine. Not only does it produce a lovely ambience, but it also instantly makes your room feel more cosy and welcoming than it already is. The hypnotising flicker of candles can also make for a relaxing visual and the perfect aromatherapy to accompany your meditations.
Besides being a cosy touch of decor, situating a candle on a work desk could help your brain get into a more productive mindset. The candles are perfect for stimulating your senses and ensuring you get work done efficiently – you’ve got the right scent to boost brain power and sharpen your mind.
Scents that have been found to boost brain power and sharpen one’s mind include cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, mint and rosemary.
Improves sleep quality
As we go about our fast-paced lives, sleep often becomes less of a priority. As we stay wide awake to catch up on our social media feed or squeezing in another episode of a drama, we begin to inculcate poor sleep habits. The harmful effects of the blue light from our screens negatively impact our brain activity and sleep quality.
Instead of being glued to your screen, you could light a candle, watch the flickering candlelight and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. The intimate and peaceful atmosphere is sure to soothe your mind. For a better sleep quality, the perfect scents to improve sleep quality include lavender and chamomile.
At Nicole’s Flower, we have a curated selection of soy candles to get you started on your aromatherapy journey. Commonly known as an eco-friendly alternative to paraffin wax candles, soy wax burns slower, emits less soot, and is an excellent fragrance carrier that does not require chemical amplifiers. Often coupled with fresh flower arrangements for gift-giving or a lovely perk-me-up for the self, browse our diverse options to find that self-care present to suit your needs.