Benefits of Burning Candles

Benefits of Burning Candles
A candle has the potential to be much more than just a candle - it can be a therapeutic tool, a time machine to take you back to a different time or feeling, an object of expression, a piece of uplifting decor. The benefits of burning candles are almost endless. Research indicates the mental health benefits of burning candles are real and measurable. The science of using candles for health stems from the ancient practice of aromatherapy. Candles emit fragrances that produce specific feelings in our mind and body. The warm yellow-orange glow of a candle has many benefits for improving sleep as well. The soothing flame of a candle is a much better alternative to the blue light of an electronic device such as a television, smartphone, or iPad. Below we'll outline some benefits of burning candles that go beyond simple aesthetics. 
 
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CREATING ROUTINE
Candles may be part of your morning coffee or evening book reading routine. They can be used to create a sense of calm to get your day started on the right foot or to help wind down at the end of a long day. The peace, quiet, and ambiance of a flickering candle can help create a relaxing atmosphere and provide a simple way to tune out from technology for a while.
 
IMPROVING MOOD
Many of our candles are infused with therapeutic essential oils such as sage, eucalyptus, and lavender that promote a sense of calm, well-being, positive mindset, and reduce feelings of stress. For example, sage is believed to improve mood and relieve stress and anxiety (give our Saltwater Sage candle a try). Scented candles can activate chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin that help support a positive mood. 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 and seeing the lovely flicker and glow 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.
 
PROMOTING GOOD SLEEP
With everything going on around us, it's no surprise adults report lack of sleep as one of their main struggles. Using electronics prior to sleep can disrupt your rest cycle by interrupting the sleep hormone, melatonin. Turning the lights and phone off and relaxing by candlelight gives your body a chance to unwind, meditate, rest, and prepare for sleep. Just be sure to blow out your candle before you fall asleep!
 
SCENT MEMORY
Because our sense of smell is so closely linked to memory, we tend to associate fragrances with a specific moment or event in our lives. Fragrances can  trigger vivid emotional memories and can instantly lift your mood if you’re feeling down. Our Loco Lemon fragrance may remind you of making fresh-squeezed lemonade in your grandmother's kitchen. Fraser Fir may take you back to fun-filled family Christmas gatherings around a live Christmas tree. Reliving these memories in your mind can promote calmness, peace, and happiness.
 
MEDITATION & PRAYER
Lighting candles during meditation is a wonderful way to support your practice. There are many visualization exercises and manifestation techniques that involve focusing on the flame of a burning candle while sending your intentions into the universe. Candles are also used during prayer.
 
ELEVATE DECOR
Candles can elevate your decor by creating a more cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Candles come in many varieties and can liven up many spaces in your home. They can be used to create peace in your living area, give your bathroom a spa-like feel, and add a subtle finish to your dining room or kitchen. Our dough bowls look great on dining room tables and can help liven up your dinner party by creating a cozy, romantic ambiance.
 
Candles create a mood, but they also create something different in each one of us. We've relied on candles for over 5,000 years to illuminate the world around us. From romantic settings on intimate holidays to religious celebrations and everything in between, candles have become something more. Tell us your favorite fragrance in the comments and what memories it brings back for you!
 

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