Candles: Smell Your Way to a Good Mood
Nowadays it’s hard to imagine any romantic occasion without beautiful candles softly lighting up the room and setting an intimate ambience. That’s why candles are a must for Valentine’s Day, Proposals, and Weddings. In fact, the gift of candles brings light and warmth to any home or office, both figuratively and literally. Everybody loves candles, and they make an elegant, appropriate, and tactful gift for a wide variety of people and occasions including housewarmings
, birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduations, and others.
One of the reasons candles make such a great gift idea is their decorative value; they are often used in decorating interiors and creating intimate home decor. There is a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and styles from classic to novelty candles that will suit even the most sophisticated taste and design.
Another important reason that candles are popular are their aromatherapy benefits. Well-scented candles can positively affect people’s mood, work performance, and even health in a variety of ways.
Candles and Aromatherapy
Our sense of smell has more influence on our lives than any of the other senses. Each day we breathe in around 25,000 times, and each breath floods our scent receptors with information about the world we live in. Aromas can evoke pleasure, awareness, danger, attraction, and we are capable of recognizing about 10,000 different odors - each one has the power to influence our moods and behavior.
Aromatherapy is a natural approach for helping the mind, body, and spirit through the use of fragrances to create an atmosphere and stimulate the senses. Researchers have shown that certain aromas can trigger reactions within the body which relieve stress, enhance mental clarity and concentration, help us gain energy, create a sensual mood, and help to relax. By understanding the different aromatherapy properties connected to various smells, you can choose scented candles that will have the desired effect on your recipient.
Popular Uplifting Aromas
Citrus scents such as grapefruit, lemon, orange, lime, and bergamot are clean, invigorating, and uplifting. They’re good for an energy-boost as well as eliminating anxiety and stress; they help increase concentration, and brighten the mood of a room. This scent is perfect for the person who has trouble waking up in the morning.
Lavender is soothing and relaxing. It helps to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure, treat headaches, and promote sleep. So if you’ve had a long stressful day, light up a lavender-scented candle, sit back and relax. Candles made with this scent are perfect for the workaholic or insomniac in your life.
Vanilla is sweet, sensual scent, and it's known to be a natural aphrodisiac which make it a perfect gift for women and romantic occasions. It’s naturally warming and soothing, relaxing and comforting. It can trigger happy thoughts and memories of home and childhood. Give candles made with this scent to people you love.
Pine, Mint, and Sage
These three scents are fresh, uplifting, and clarifying. They give a clean aroma and feel to any space. As such, they actually boost work performance, so they're great as business gifts for colleagues
, business associates, or employees.
Exotic and floral, the smell of jasmine is earthy, relaxing, and sexy. Jasmine candles are perfect for any romantic occasion.
Sandalwood is woody and earthy, its scent is calming and relaxing. It can help soothe irritation and raises the spirits. Sandalwood is also said to be the scent of making friends. Candles made with sandalwood are ideal those who have a stressful life and like practicing yoga at home, or those you'd like to create a friendship with.
Aromas have long been used to influence people’s behavior. Legend has it that Cleopatra perfumed the sails of her ship sent to meet Anthony so the wind would carry a hint of her desire. Give your special someone a gift that is not only stylish and perfect for decorating their home, but also has a scents-ible approach to improving health and well being!