Scented Candles to Alleviate Stress and Anxiety
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Let your worries and stresses melt away with scented candles that restore your calm.
It can seem as though the world is an increasingly tough place. The moment you step outside the door, you're confronted head-on with all manner of battles and stresses you have to overcome to get through the day.
Many of us are constantly worrying about our finances, families, getting to and from work (unless you're lucky to work from home), raising children and so much more. And we're going through a once-in-a-century global pandemic that has sent fear and anxiety levels soaring.
It's no wonder we want to retreat to the favourite places in our homes, light some scented candles and feel calm again with a sense of restorative balance. So effective can scented candles be at helping us to feel relaxed that some people are now lighting up their favourites in their home offices. This is something not generally permitted in company offices, or hotel rooms, due to health and safety measures and also because they could set off fire alarms.
So what should you look for in candles for stress? Let's explore the benefits and some of the scents, and see what they can do to help you.
Candles for Anxiety Relief
Using scented candles to alleviate stress and lighten the mood is not something new that's only come about in recent times. The practice has been going on for centuries. It's partly to do with the meditative quality of the gently flickering flame and partly due to the scent. Our sense of smell should not be underestimated: it's connected with our memory and experiences. Just one whiff of a particular fragrance can transport you back to something that happened many years ago.
Gift of Joy: YR Studio's Fresh Linen soy candle will help you to wind down and relax.
One of the benefits of using candles for anxiety is when you light one or more and the scent begins wafting around the room. It's an immediate sign it's your time to switch off and start to relax. Straight away, you begin to feel a wave of relief sweep through your body as your cares float away. It's instant therapy that works every time.
Lighting a candle also has the effect of making you feel more energised and creative — whether it's at the end of the day or if you're stuck in an afternoon rut and just can't get anything done. If you're planning to do some mindfulness or meditation, focusing on a candle's flame can have mesmerising, almost hypnotic, effects, and help you to clear your mind and focus. The same goes for yoga practice — place some lit scented candles around your space and they will transform it into a zone of bliss and zen, boosting your yoga enjoyment along the way.
Best Scented Candles for Stress
There are lots of candles for stress and anxiety that contain different fragrances, and new combinations are coming onto the market all the time. But for tried and tested scents to wash away your worries, try these basics:
- Lavender: Instantly relaxes body and mind.
- Orange: A great stress-zapper.
- Frankincense: Also good for helping to get rid of stresses and anxiety.
- Sandalwood: Well-known for its relaxation properties.
- Lemon: To boost your mood.
- Apple: Combats anxious feelings.
- Cinnamon: A refreshing scent that will leave you feeling great.
- Vanilla: Plain and simple, but makes you feel happy and relaxed.
Peppermint: A cool scent, in more ways than one, which will leave your mind sharp.
Tuned Out: Our Nag Champa candle, a blend of sandalwood, cedarwood and patchouli used by Buddhist monks and Hindu priests for centuries. Made from natural soy wax, it’s entirely vegan.
They may be small and relatively innocuous, but for ways to get rid of stresses and anxieties in a flash, there's not much that can hold a candle to, well, scented candles.