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The Health Benefits of Scented Candles

It is a fact: one of my greatest pleasures is to burn a scented candle while reading my favourite book. Many of us have been burning more candles lately. Candles are a tradition in many cultures. Lighting a scented candle is a treat to yourself and others. But are there real, scientific benefits of burning them? Can a quality scented candle affect the way you feel about your space and your home? Psychotherapists and cognitive behavioural therapists have been able to prove scientifically that scented candles play an essential role in the physiological effects of mood, stress, working capacity, and overall mental health. It is stated in an article published by Chryssa Chalkia, an accredited clinical integrative psychotherapist, that scented candles influence reducing anxiety. She says that “the soothing effect that candles have is based on how the brain processes smells. The smell of scented candles stimulates our limbic system, the part of the brain that is home to our memory and emotions. Hormones like serotonin and dopamine can be produced to help regulate mood. Therefore, our emotional state is influenced by the relationship that exists between scents, memories, and emotions.”

In other words, certain scents are attractive to you because of the memories associated with them. Certain scents trigger the same wellbeing hormones over and over again in many different people, making them widely popular in calming home scents. Some of the more popular aromas such as geranium, lavender, citrus and peppermint have proven to be useful in the treatment of certain psychological and physiological disorders. Ylang ylang essential oil promotes feelings of joy and ease while jasmine improves positive feeling and energy levels. Peppermint and spearmint are waking up the mind and enhance focus thus improving memory.

If you are looking for something to calm anxiety, rosemary, lemon, chamomile and geranium are for you. For the person who struggles to maintain a positive outlook during difficult times the use of citrus scented candles, proven to lift your spirits and boost energy, is recommended. I personally love orange blossom scented candles with notes of sweet citrus fruit, fresh oranges and green leaves for a bit of energy stimulation.

Whatever flavour you prefer remember that you can order your customised scented flavour at Ballygarvan Soap & Candles at at no extra costs. We will be able to work with you and design your personal candle. Just drop us a line at and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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