If you love candles as much as I do, then you’ll enjoy this blog post. From easing your stress to improving your memory, burning a candle in your living or work space can have many benefits.
In the past a candle was a source of light, today a candle represents so much more.
It represents celebration, romance, meditation, and improves our mood and wellbeing.
A candle can instantly lift up any space by adding not just a beautiful fragrance, but also creates a soothing, calming environment.
The flicker of candlelight produces a lovely ambiance that simply cannot be replicated.
Lighting a few well-placed candles in your home can really create a cosy and intimate atmosphere.
Adding a candle here-and-there will create softness in your room and instantly make it feel warm and welcoming.
Candles are known for their soothing, healing properties and are often used by therapists, such as massage therapists, to create a peaceful ambiance in their therapy rooms.
The sheer act of lighting a candle, its lovely flicker and the gentle glow it creates, helps ease and soothe the mind.
Give it a try the next time you have a stressful day: light a candle, watch the flame and just breathe for a few minutes - even just 60 seconds can make a big difference.
Did you know that our sense of smell plays a key role when it comes to our psychological health?
That's one reason why scented candles have become so popular lately.
Lighting a candle in any corner of your home or office can bring you numerous health benefits.
On days that you are feeling a little low, burning a candle in your room can improve your mood.
The soothing fragrance of the candle works like an antidepressant.
The scent improves your mood, regulates your hormone levels, and also boosts your immunity.
You can pick citrus fragrances like lemon that are believed to improve mood.
Some scents are especially soothing. There are many calming scents that you can choose from such as:
Using scents to treat your mood is called aromatherapy. Several studies show that aromatherapy can certainly decrease your anxiety and improve your sleep.
Candles are a simple and stylish way that can help to improve your everyday quality of life.
Add them to any room in your house. The use of subtle colours add a soft touch to any space; or go with bright, bold colours to really make an impact.
They can also be very versatile, and come in a variety of styles and look wonderful in any room.
Bathroom candles provide a spa-like retreat, strategically placed candles throughout your living room make it cosy and calm, candles at the centerpiece of your dining room table keep romantic candlelit dinners within arms reach, and kitchen candles spark the atmosphere where we gather most often and can kill odours.
Use candles outdoors on your veranda or in your garden to create a magical, whimsical escape; and don’t forget to burn citronella candles to keep insects away.
Lighting a candle is an easy way to just take a couple of minutes from your hectic work or family schedule. You could light one in your bedroom, office and bathroom. Spend some time breathing in beautiful fragrances, and relax for that moment - recharging yourself for the rest of the day...
Mentioning hectic, office and work... did you know that lighting a candle can actually make you more productive by helping you achieve more focus.
Candles can also assist in improving your meditation or prayer practices. If you do practice meditation or prayer then lighting a candle in that particular room will help you to connect more deeply with your soul or to a higher power.
How about a little celebration and romance, grab your partner, light some candles and the rest I leave to your imagination !
When choosing candles, make sure they are made with real essential oils and soy wax which are soot free, non-toxic, burn clean, and last much longer than traditional paraffin ones which produce black soot and release toxic carcinogens into the air.
Whether you are treating yourself or friends, candles make perfect gifts and a nice treat to yourself!
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Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !