Your sense of smell is closely related to our memories and actions. When our noses pick up a scent, it is immediately sent to the brain for processing.
Take a look at our guide on the different ways you can use them to add a little luxury and intention to your day.
Switching off after a day at work can be difficult. One of our favourite ways to use candles is to light one when we’re home, ready to unwind. The simple act of lighting a candle and filling your home with a relaxing scent at this time signals to your brain that it’s time to relax.
Sometimes having an object to focus on during meditation helps you focus in and clear your mind. Look at the flame for a few minutes as you begin and then close your eyes. You can then picture the flame in your mind’s eye and use this as an anchoring point during meditation.
Using a scented candle has the bonus of scent, so ensure you pick an aroma that matches the type of meditation you’re doing.
We can all fall victim to the afternoon slump, but this can get rather frustrating when it happens on a daily basis and you have work to do. Choose an orange or lemon-scented candle to tackle this decrease in energy. Keep it lit for about 30 minutes to let the scent take effect.
Or, to help you complete everything on your to-do list, try lighting a rosemary-scented candle. This aroma is thought to boost memory, relieve headaches and indigestion. The scent of rosemary is most effective when used in the morning.
Yoga is a very mindful practice. It helps you get out of your head and into your body, and is the perfect way to prepare for meditation. Having an aromatherapy candle burning as you practise is a great way to enhance the mindfulness aspect. You’ll be able to focus on the scent and how your body feels in each pose.
Taking time for you is so important for your physical and mental health. Taking a bath or reading a good book are some of our favourite ways to embrace self-care and having a beautifully scented candle burning makes the experience feel extra special.
If you work from home (or your office allows it) try lighting a candle in your workspace. Uplifting scents like citrus or mint can help you stay alert, focused and productive. Or, if you’re feeling uninspired and stuck for new ideas, peppermint or cinnamon-scented candles can stimulate your senses. Research has found that these aromas help boost alertness and memory levels.
Now and then, take a mindfulness break – maybe focus on the candle, how it looks, how it smells. This can help you slow down and allow creative ideas to surface.
If you need to calm down before a presentation or interview, opt for a jasmine-scented candle. This aroma is known to calm nerves, improve confidence levels, boost optimism and improve hand-eye coordination.
Scents can be effective in promoting relaxation, boosting energy levels and improving well-being.