Scent is the quickest way to change someone’s mood, quicker than any other sense or modality. It affects the emotional part of your brain.” This is how Dr. Alan Hirsch of Chicago’s Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation explains the magic of scented candles. I completely agree with his research and pinning down this blog post for my new found love for scented candles.
Scented candles are loved and mostly bought for their Aromatherapeutic properties. Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils and other aroma compounds for improving psychological or physical well being. Science and research has shown that many moods and negative emotions can be lifted due to fragrances or scents that are introduces into environment. There are certain scents found to have produced changes in blood pressure levels comparable to those achieved through meditation and yoga.
Humans have always been attracted to things that smell good and this is a legit reason that might have given birth to Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy goes back to about 5000 years to the Ancient Egyptians who used aromatic essential oils in bathing, medications and massages. Even today studies show that aromatherapy scents trigger certain reactions in body helping in relieve stress, enhance concentration, boost energy, uplift sensual mood and help in fighting sleep troubles.
Though scientist warn against the regular and excessive use of candles but these studies haven’t yet been proved. Besides scented candles have remarkable benefits to look up to so why go into the negative part. Also who would want to go back to aromaless and colourless world of unscented candles? It wouldn’t hurt to lit up a scented candle and allow the aroma to lead our mind and body into a path of peace and wellness.
Share your experiences on scented candles in your comments. I would love to try different scents and explore this blissful world of aromatic candles. Till then enjoy the bliss folks!