Today’s post is written by guest blogger Matt Milstead.
An increasingly popular addition to the home is the use of aromatherapy candles. They help to improve your general health by reducing your stress level. Your sense of smell can influence your brain and body to relax. Therefore, by burning pure aromatherapy candles, you will receive the most benefits of the essential oils that are used in these candles
Essential oils can be extracted from the leaves, roots, fruit or seeds of a plant. In addition, you can get some essential oils from flowers and grass. The oils are extracted through a variety of extraction methods such as steam distillation, solvent extraction and cold pressing. These oils offer many health benefits since they are in a concentrated form. Some health benefits include cleansing the body internally, regulating female menstrual cycles, reducing migraine headaches and being helpful as an anti-inflammatory.
The Origin of Candles
Candles have been used for many years. Originally, candles were made from the fat of sheep and cows. These tallow candles did not let off a pleasant smell until the ancient Egyptians decided to overcome the unpleasant odors by adding some essential oils to the tallow candles. These essential oils were being used in healing and burial rites by the Egyptians. When they added them to the candles, they discovered that the pleasant smells helped improve the moods of the people (1).
Later, beeswax candles were created (2). They burned cleaner, but they were more expensive than the original tallow candles. Therefore, most of the people still used the tallow candles. As the years went by, more discoveries were made concerning the materials used to make candles including paraffin wax. It produced a candle that could be molded into various forms and produced longer burning candles.
Discovering the Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles
Holistic practitioners recommend using aromatherapy candles to promote emotional and mental health. It is easy to get the benefits from the aromatherapy candles since they can be used in any room or setting. For instance, candles can be placed in delivery rooms to help mothers have a more relaxing labor and delivery. They can be placed in bedrooms to help people with chronic or long term illnesses. The benefits you receive from burning these candles will depend on the scents that you choose. Aromatherapy candles can help you think clearer, have more energy and increase your vigor. They help you release the tension that causes stress. They calm you if you feel anxiety or panic, and they will help you when you feel depressed. Certain scents can be used to help calm a colicky baby or sick children breathe better.
Scents for Specific Needs
Specific oils will offer certain benefits. Some stress relief oils includes chamomile, cinnamon, frankincense and lavender. These scents can be used to soothe or relieve stress and help to promote sleep. Some mood enhancing scents include lemon, rose and vanilla. These scents can help lift your spirits and enhance your mood. You will find other scents that specifically help depression, memory and fatigue. With increased mental focus, improved memory and increased alertness, you will be able to accomplish more things each day. You can combine certain essential oils for more benefits. For instance, orange and cinnamon can be used together to increase your energy. Some candles, such as the Spirit of the Orientcandles (3), even combine scents with colors that induce a particular mood. Many people suffer from various health issues, and they should choose the specific scent that will benefit them the most.
Candles can be used to set the mood for certain occasions, or they can be used to promote healthier living. Choosing the proper scents for your environment or health is essential if you want to achieve the most benefits from the aromatherapy candles.
About the Author:
Matt Milstead is a health blogger and an advocate of healthy living. He is a regular contributor to several aromatherapy and yoga blogs and forums and practices yoga daily. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.
References and Resources:
(1) Beef Tallow website, Lighting the Wick of the Past: History of Tallow Use in Candle Making, accessed July 2014
(2) Health, Home and Happiness website, How to Make Healthy Beeswax Palm Candles and Save Money, accessed July 2014
(3) New Age Markets website, Spirit of the Orient Candles, accessed July 2014
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