The Benefits of Burning Candles

November 22, 2016 0 Comments

The Benefits of Burning Candles

We all love aromatherapy candles, especially at this time of year when they make everything feel so much more cosy. Lighting a candle in the evening can feel like a little bit of luxury after a busy day, but there are also some unexpected benefits, both physical and emotional, to lighting an aromatherapy candle after a long day. Here are some you may not have considered:

Essential oils

When an aromatherapy candle is made with high quality essential oils they can have a positive impact on our bodies. When the candle is burned it releases a faint yet constant stream of vapour from the essential oil into the air. We then inhale these and they enter the bloodstream, having a similar (though less pronounced) effect to an aromatherapy massage or treatment.

Remember happy times

Our sense of smell is connected to memory. In fact, our sense of smell is the most powerful of the five senses. Certain smells can transport us back in time so powerfully we feel as if we are really there, and choosing the right scent can help you to connect with yourself and the things that make you happy.

Boost your mood

Scent is strongly connected to our emotional receptors. Certain fragrances can promote a positive response in us and many floral scents such as lavender and rose can create a sense of calm. Citrus fragrances are known for lifting the mood to help us to feel brighter, which is why we’ve included them in our Be Happy candle and balm. 

Make a space your own

An aromatherapy candle can accent a room beautifully and make it smell nice both for us and our visitors, but it also helps us to make a space our own. This might be your living room, or it might be a hotel room when you’re travelling. Whether you prefer woody scents, a more fruity blend or something in between, that scent can help you to feel at home in new or unfamiliar surroundings.

Candlelight can promote focus

Have you ever noticed how everything just looks better by candlelight? It’s a more gentle kind of light which doesn’t overwhelm the eyes the way sunlight can. Using a candle to light a dark room can make shadows and angles more gentle and this can help your mind to focus and concentrate better.

Better sleep

The screens we all use so much these days emit a blue light which stimulates the brain. When we have trouble sleeping we’ll often sit up watching TV or scrolling through social media on our mobiles - but that can only serve to make the problem worse.

Normal light bulbs aren’t a lot better; they can stimulate the brain too as they still emit blue rays. Red light, on the other hand, is calming to the brain and a great way to achieve this is to light your room with candles in the evenings. 

Pink Noise

Pink noise, sometimes referred to as 1/f noise, is random noise which has equal energy per octave, so it has more low-frequency components than white noise and can be much more relaxing.

It’s said that the burning of a candle can create pink noise, and the irregularity of the flame has a similar rhythm to the flow of a river or the twinkling of the stars. It sounds a bit “out there” but actually, looking at a candle flame combined with the pink noise it produces can create a deeply relaxing effect.

The benefits of aromatherapy candles are so much more than just looking pretty or smelling nice; they can have a real impact on our mood and wellbeing. At this time of year we all feel more cosy with a candle burning, so it makes sense to combine that cosiness with a little aromatherapy and perhaps improve our mood and wellbeing also.

Tips for Aromatherapy Candle use

To get the best benefits from your aromatherapy candle, it’s best to leave it burning for at least an hour. Twenty minutes here and there won’t allow the essential oils to heat up and release into the air; your candle needs time to heat up properly. A good quality candle should completely liquify in its jar or container, which allows the maximum release of scent. 

It is also important to keep the wick of your candle trimmed. If the wick of a candle is too long, it will smoke and leave soot on your ceiling. Remember that you don’t need a large flame in order to get a good scent “throw” (the amount of scent released into the air); this comes from the pool of wax around the flame.

It is entirely possible to almost double the lifespan of your candle by keeping the wick trimmed. It should be a maximum of a quarter of an inch; check it before each lighting, and if you are burning the candle for an extended period of time, you should put it out every couple of hours and re-trim the wick. Many people believe that if a candle smokes it means it is of inferior quality but in actual fact it is just a sign that the wick is too long.

Our British-made, hand poured candles are made with high quality fragrances and a custom blend of natural waxes which are sustainably sourced and non-GM. We use pure essential oils for a clean burn and a natural fragrance so that they don’t smell cloying or overpowering.