9 Reasons You Should Use Scented Candles
Did you know that candles have been around for more than 5,000 years? That the ancient Romans developed wick candles using papyrus dipped in beeswax?
That's right! And today, or at least back in 2016, the candle market has become a $7.5 billion industry. Experts say this sector will continue to grow and reach a value of $11.70 billion come 2025.
This boom has a lot to do with scented candles, which can bring a wide array of health benefits. Exactly what kind of benefits, though?
That's what we'll share with you today, so keep reading to learn why you should light those candles up!
1. Can Help Keep Mosquitos and Other Bugs Away
Many studies, like this one, have shown that some candles can help prevent mosquito and bug bites. These include fragrant candles using citronella, geraniol, or lemongrass oils and extracts. Peppermint and eucalyptus candles can also help you keep those buzzing pests away.
Remember, everyone is at risk of mosquito bites. But even more so today due to increasing temperatures. In 2016 alone, mosquitoes contributed to the 96,075 reported cases of bug bite diseases.
So, get those peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemongrass candles lit! They can help protect you and the family from these disease-causing mosquitoes.
2. Relief from a Runny Nose
Eucalyptus and menthol oils used in candles can help relieve congestion symptoms.
Eucalyptus oil, for instance, contains a natural organic compound called 1,8-cineole. It has mucolytic and spasmolytic properties, which when inhaled, help reduce nasal stuffiness. Best of all, this natural compound offers a safer way to treat sinusitis than antibiotics.
So, time to get those aromatherapy candles with eucalyptus and spearmint fragrances! Not only do they smell nice, but they can also help you regain your sense of smell in the first place.
3. May Help with Asthma Symptoms
Are you or a family member one of the 26 million Americans with asthma? If so, then aromatherapy candles, especially the eucalyptus ones, can help prevent attacks.
Not only is the 1,8-cineole in eucalyptus oil a decongestant, but it can also help asthmatics! According to researchers, this compound has therapeutic benefits on inflammatory airway diseases. Inhaling the fragrance of eucalyptus may help control asthma and prevent its exacerbation.
4. Better Sleep
The benefits of candles extend to helping you get better, more relaxed ZZZs. Lavender scented wick candles, in particular, have shown sedative and calming effects. Lavender's main components, linalool and linalyl acetate, also appear to have anxiolytic properties.
All these contribute to a calmer nervous system, which then helps relax your body and mind. Light up one of these lavender vanilla candles before bedtime for a better night of sleep. Make sure you blow it out before closing your eyes though!
5. Improved Moods
With better sleep comes better moods, so another good reason to light up those candles!
But you don't have to wait for night time to enjoy the mood-boosting effects of fragrant candles. Anytime you're feeling down, inhale the scent of lit eucalyptus or lavender candles. Rosemary or vanilla scented candles can also give your mood a boost.
6. Bring Your Stress Levels Down
With the right scents, lighting candles can aid in lowering your stress levels. Lavender, as mentioned above, is a great mental and physical relaxant. Peppermint and cinnamon give your mind a gentle nudge, helping you feel refreshed.
Vanilla—yes, the same one you use for baking—also has stress and anxiety-relieving effects. In aromatherapy, people inhale its sweet smell to enhance their feelings of relaxation.
So, if you're facing a stressful situation, light up any of these candles. They may help banish your negative emotions.
7. Increased Focus
Peppermint has natural uplifting and stimulant properties. A whiff of its scent can help bring one's focus back, which is great for students studying up for exams. If you're a working adult in need of higher productivity, you should also light up a peppermint candle.
Eucalyptus, with its rejuvenating properties, is also a great option for boosting concentration. Plus, its scent helps improve blood flow to the brain, which aids in sharpening your gray matter.
If you like gentler, sweeter smells, opt for cinnamon scents that can still help you focus better. Lavender and lemon candles can also aid in improving concentration.
8. Energy Boosters
Feeling super tired and exhausted? Light up a cinnamon or vanilla candle to feel energized and refreshed! Their aroma can help curb feelings of fatigue, so inhaling their scents is a good way to start your day.
Rosemary is another great option for a pick-me-up candle scent when you're low on energy. It has cortisol-reducing properties too, which aids in staving stress. High levels of stress can be the reason for your low energy levels.
Plus, rosemary helps boost concentration and memory, which are essential to staying productive. Try lighting up a rosemary candle and inhale its scent for at least five to ten minutes. You'll feel a bit better afterward!
9. A Warmer, More Welcoming Home
The beauty and colors of candles themselves can already add a lovely touch of ambiance to your home. But they're even better lit because the flicker of their flame can make any room appear warmer and cozier. They also lend intimacy to any space, with their soft glow creating a more comfortable vibe.
Also, scented but clean burning candles can get rid of unwanted smells in your house. These include fishy food smells or the odors of newly-applied paint.
Light Up Those Scented Candles Now
As you can see, there’s a lot more to scented candles than just their nice smells and pretty looks. That’s why you shouldn’t use them only as decorations, but instead, make them flicker!
Besides, aromatherapy candles are available in so many different scents and colors. So, you’re sure to find one that best suits your personality while also helping you keep the doctor away.
Ready to make your home healthier, cozier, and more comfortable? Then time to get shopping! You can start by checking out our wide collection of fragrant candles.