Candles have been used for thousands of years as sources of light and as part of cultural rituals or celebrations. However, it wasn’t until the 20th century that specifically scented candles became a popular commodity. In the years that followed, there have been many studies regarding the potential healing properties of these scented candles, and while it can be categorized as alternative medicine, the results of these studies were promising.
Many studies have shown that the use of specific fragrances in scented candles can have an impact on stress relief and relaxation. Take, for example, a study conducted by the University of Montana, in this study they gave one group of individuals essential oils, found in many scented candles, to inhale over the course of a couple of weeks. They also tracked a control group that wasn’t given any treatment. What they found was that across the board there was an increase in relaxation and sleep quality, with a decrease in stress.
Other studies have found the source of this calming and healing property which is in the connection between the brain and the body’s senses. It was found that when inhaling the scents of candles, the areas of the brain responsible for mood and memory were stimulated. This can cause a boost in morale as well as many other beneficial psychological effects. Another study conducted by Keville and Green in 2009 found that certain psychological ailments such as depression can be aided by the use of essential oils and scented candles.
Below I’ve included a few scents with their added benefits that can hopefully help you in your day to day struggles.
- Lavender: this popular scent is most commonly used to relieve tension from both the body and the mind
- Orange: This scent can help reduce stress and anxiety
- Peppermint: A festive smell can help wake up your mind and help you focus
- Vanilla: Another popular scent that acts as a mood booster and may help you relax
- Frankincense: A lesser-known aroma that can aid your struggles with anxiety and can provide stress relief.
Using scented candles alongside yoga or meditation has also proven to be a great way to relax and destress. Below I’ve linked my sources in case you want to take a deeper look into the topics I covered in this article. Stay safe!