Health Benefits of Candle Burning | Lasair Candle Co
by Kunti Michelle Feeney on Feb 15, 2022
Health Benefits of Burning Candles
Candles are more than just a source of illuminating your home space. Their utility and importance in our lives have changed over time. While earlier, candles were used as a source of light, to decorate rooms or as an adornment for romantic candlelight dinner, today, they are used in aromatherapies and healing sessions as well.
Yet, what makes candles an essential part of these therapies is their fragrance and significance. Candles act as a reflection of your body or a self-subject for you to reflect and work upon. They unite the power of the body, mind and soul to balance your chakras, replenish you with positive energy and restore your mental state and well-being. Add to it a few drops of fresh and scrumptious aromas and you’re all set to experience one of the most lovely and calm healing sessions ever.
Other than creating a cosy and peaceful atmosphere for you to enjoy, scented candles benefit your health in lots of ways. Read on to know how.
6 Ways Candles Benefit our Health
1. Improve Mood
Have you ever wondered, why you feel happier around a burning incense candle? That’s because candles infused with aromatic scents are believed to have positive effects on your emotional state. They possess calming and healing properties that declutter your mind and soothe it.
Besides, certain fragrances like rose, peppermint and orange are believed to kick-start reactions in your brain and help it produce chemicals that are responsible for enhancing one’s emotional well-being.
2. Increase Focus
The scents present in candles benefit you by increasing your focus and productivity. Certain scents like mint, lemon, rosemary, orange and cinnamon are said to rejuvenate your senses by keeping your surroundings fresh. They also help clear your mind of unwanted thoughts and boost your alertness.
If you’re a student, an employed professional or anyone who wants to increase your mental focus, pick aromatic candles infused with either of these scents and light them up while working. You can even try focussing on the candle flame whenever you feel worn out. This helps you shift your attention for a while, get back your lost energy and improve concentration.
3. Stimulate Remembrance
‘It’s been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint.’ Remember these lines? That’s what Rose Dawson said when she began narrating the story of the Ship of Dreams in the movie Titanic. Besides, have you noticed how the fragrance of the wet sand makes us remember the sweet moments we’ve spent with our loved ones? That’s enough proof to show that fragrances often bring back certain memories, very clearly.
Fragrances like rosemary, lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, and floral scents trigger happy memories and are used to stimulate memory recall. While this may not help increase your productivity, it can surely bring you peace of mind and calm at times when you’re struggling to overcome extreme emotions. Most of the times people light fragrant candles at home or inside the churches as a sign of gratitude and remembering God.
4. Enhances Mindfulness
The effect scented candles can have on you during mindful practices like yoga and meditation is unmatchable. It helps you start your day on a positive note and decides how you unwind throughout the day. Many self-care practices like meditation and trataka (candle gazing) involve concentrating on the flame of a burning candle while sending out vibrations and intentions into the universe.
For this purpose, scents like lavender, sandalwood, peppermint, and chamomile work the best. These scents relax your nerves, calming your mind and soul.
Pro Tip: Make sure to keep distractions like digital devices away while indulging in mindful practices.
5. Reduce Stress
Stress is a universal experience. If severe, it can even lead to poor health and reduced productivity. Therefore, indulging in self-care practices is truly the need of the hour. As much as breathing can help alleviate symptoms of stress, aromatherapy can add to this treatment.
Aromatherapy candles are all about relaxing your body, mind and soul. They also help you feel calm and energised while relieving stress, depression and anxiety. Use candles infused with lavender, patchouli, bergamot, eucalyptus, and chamomile during such self-care rituals to reap benefits.
6. Encourage Restful Sleep
If you’ve noticed, spas and relaxation centres often use scented candles to induce sound sleep. This is because these candles possess soothing and healing abilities and create a sound environment for relaxing sessions. The calming fragrance helps you feel at peace while the candlelight resets your sleep patterns.
To enjoy a restful sleep, pick candles infused with scents like lavender, chamomile, sage and ylang-ylang. While these fragrances induce deep slumber, the warmth of the candles soothes your body and helps you unwind.
How Should I Place My Candles for Best Results?
The placement of healing candles matters the most if you wish to reap benefits and witness effective results. Make sure that your healing candles are near but at a safe distance from you. If you want to keep it on your work desk, keep it at a safe distance from your devices towards the right or the left corner of your workstation.
If you’re using it for meditation and other mindful practices, make sure to keep it close to you towards your front. This will help you concentrate on the flame better. Students can keep it on their study table but at a safe distance from their books. You sure don’t want to get them burned, right?
For best results, you can even grab one of our crystal candles that you vibe with. These candles are infused with specific crystals that work towards balancing different spheres of your life and have soothing and fresh notes of fragrances that relax your mind and body.