Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Candles Make Your Life Better

Scented candles bring pleasant aromas into your home. Many studies suggests that candles that are scented do more than improve the atmosphere; they can actually affect your attitude. By triggering parts of your brain that signal your body to relax, scented candles can boost your mood and reduce your stress levels. So let us explore and look into the ways that maybe going the extra mile to buy candles is well worth it.

Reduces Blood Pressure

A study by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, suggests that some scents released by aromatherapy candles can help temporarily lower blood pressure. When stressed-out volunteers were exposed to certain scented candles, their blood pressure dropped an average of three to five points, a reduction comparable to an extended meditation session. The smell of spiced apple was found to be particularly effective. When a scented candle triggers your blood pressure to drop, you feel more relaxed and are likely to be in a better mood.

Coconut Pineapple

Combating Insomnia
Some scented candle users report that certain scents help them fall asleep more easily at night. Lavender and sandalwood reportedly help calm you and reduce anxiety. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that inhaling lavender helps many people with sleeping disorders fall asleep. Additionally, both lavender and sandalwood help people experience deeper, more restful sleep. When you sleep well at night, you feel more refreshed and energetic during your waking hours. Some studies also suggest that the smell of lavender helps you feel more positive.

Lavender Vanilla Soy Candle


Improving Symptoms of Depression
While no aromatherapy treatment can "cure" depression, a serious medical condition, inhaling the aroma of scented candles can give depression sufferers temporary relief. Scents like peppermint, lemon, chamomile and jasmine have shown to help boost moods by targeting the endocrine system, causing the brain to release tension, nervousness and negative emotions. Since the sense of smell is so closely linked with the emotional centers of the brain, specific scents -- including cinnamon, vanilla, rose and cedar -- can help relieve some depression symptoms by triggering happy memories.

Jasmine Honeysuckle

Boosting Energy
Aromatherapy candles can also improve your mood by lifting your energy levels. Citrus scents like grapefruit, orange and lemon may make you feel more excited, energetic and positive throughout the day. A study conducted by Mie University in Japan linked inhaling citrus scents to improved immunity, which helps protect you from illness, keeping your energy levels higher. The aroma of grapefruit in particular may trigger feelings of joy and happiness, making you feel more alert and energetic. Similarly, the smell of peppermint acts as a stimulant to help combat drowsiness

Hazelnut Coffee Soy Candle

Now we understand how they can help us and better our lives. However what scent should we looking for?

Researchers found that the smell of jasmine in the bedroom leads to a more restful night of sleep. Study participants exposed to jasmine reported better sleep quality and feeling more refreshed the following day than those who slept without the scent. When the participants awoke, those who breathed the jasmine performed cognitive tests more rapidly.

The scent of lemon can make people feel more fair and generous, according to a University of Toronto study. Certain test subjects were placed in unscented rooms while others were placed in rooms scented with lemon. Given $12, they had to decide how much to keep and how much to give to a partner. Those in the lemon-smelling rooms gave back on average almost twice as much as those from the unscented rooms.

The scent of vanilla is often regarded as the most pleasing to people regardless of age or cultural background. In experiments where an odor universally regarded as "pleasant" is required, vanilla has been a standard choice for psychologists and medical researchers for decades. Vanilla can also have a calming effect.

Peppermint can be invigorating, as it increases brain activity that leads to alertness. The Wheeling research shows a correlation between peppermint and better fitness, as study participants ran faster and did more push-ups when exposed to the scent.

Who knew that candles could be so good and complex? I found the perfect shop over on Etsy called,"Bougie Candle Co". She has many different, beautiful candles that are sure to bring a smile to your face.  I am loving the aroma from the one I have. It makes me feel more generous and light hearted. Throughout this article you have been getting a small glimpse of the treasures her store offers!

Beach Linen

Click On Over To Visit Her Shop and Start Your Candle Therapy Today!

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