Picture this: You are in a warm bathtub, eyes closed, your body is semi-levitating in the water, you breathe in and feel the vapors entering your respiratory system. You open your eyes slowly. Then you see the flickering of candles, and breathing deeply one more time you smell the herbal aromas of their scent.
I’m sure most of us would be more be relaxed in this situation!
Of course that whole setting is a haven for those seeking to de-stress a little, but know that one of the aspects of that scene that could be easily overlooked is probably the candles.
Candles are very functional as a more dimmed source of light and their presence already have a calming effect on us visually. But we have to take into account how their scents can help reach a relaxed and anxiety-free state.
Aromatherapy has been used for ages now as a sort of alternative medicine by many different peoples around the globe. And candles are very efficient channels for making the most out of aromatherapy.
Here’s how it works:
First, we need to understand what is our goal for a specific candle – is it to relax, to aid with respiratory issues, to soothe the stomach, to create a romantic atmosphere, etc? Having decided our objective, we then go looking for our plant or herb of choice. Yes, aromatherapy is after all a branch of phytotherapy.
What we do then is extract that plant’s or herb’s essence using a myriad of ways, having as a result something called an ‘essential oil’. And that is where the powers of aromatherapy lies.
So then we can mix a few drops of the selected essential oil or oils into the candle’s wax and once we light it up, we will evaporate the plant’s essence that is inside, spreading not only its smell but also enjoying its benefits.
Of course we need to be careful and choose the right thing for the right job, as always. And we also need to be aware that we need the essential oil to get the desired results, being that a synthetic scent, for example, won’t yield the same medicinal results. There are many essential oils for candles that we can use:
The eucalyptus essential oil, for example, is a pretty common one. You can light a candle made with eucalyptus essential oil if you’d like to soothe an aching throat or congested lungs.
It can really help to have one candle made with lavender essential oil or vanilla essential oil burning nearby if you want to feel more relaxed or even sleep better.
The vanilla essential oil in a candle will also help you if you’re feeling a bit down, as will the bergamot essential oil. But knowing the right essential oil for the right moment is only part of what we need to watch out for.
When going out to get one of these candles, we need to make sure we’re getting the ones with essential oils in them and not the ones with fragrance oils.
Fragrance oils are a mixture of chemicals – from natural and synthesized sources – that are mixed into the candle’s wax to release a certain desired smell when burned.
Seems close enough, but despite some of those candles with fragrance oils in them being labeled as “aromatherapy”, they do not enjoy the same health benefits as essential oils do.
The candles with fragrance oils in them can help you boost your mood due to the powers of our sense of smel.
Bear in mind that in order to have that tea tree essential oil work its medicinal goodness – as an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal natural medicine – you will want the pure tea tree essential oil, and not its fragrance alone.
Candles with essential oils will be more expensive, though. It takes an incredible amount of base plant to make its essential oil, so you can expect for them to be more of a premium over the fragrance oil counterparts.
It’s always good knowing what to expect when going after essential oils for candles. Now it’s probably a good time to start thinking about that bathtub scenario, with the right essential oil candles in mind.