What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is something that has been practiced since ancient times. It involves the use of essential oils, extracted from plants, to promote physical or psychological healing. Essential oils are highly concentrated, powerful substances that contain the 'pure essence' of a plant. Even one drop of essential oil can be extremely valuable, as it can take 10kg of lavender flowers to make 5ml of essential lavender oil!. Each essential oil has its own unique chemical properties which provide different benefits. When several essential oils are blended together, they become what are called 'synergy blends'. Synergy blends are much more potent and effective than any essential oil used on its own and they are created to promote specific benefits such as relaxation or alertness.

 

What are Aromatherapy candles?

True aromatherapy candles contain pure essential oils and natural wax, which is free of toxins.  More than just providing light or decoration, these natural and elegant candles can offer healing and create a therapeutic effect on the body and mind.  Unfortunately, many candle companies have no qualms whatsoever about labeling their candles as 'aromatherapy' when in fact they contain synthetic fragrances which are designed to imitate fragrances from nature. They do not produce the same effects that real aromatherapy candles do.  While some of these synthetic smells can still trigger memories and emotions, which can produce similar benefits to those derived from aromatherapy candles, this is 'smell therapy' and not true aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy candles do not have such a strong scent as standard synthetic fragranced candles. This is because synthetic fragrances are specifically engineered to create as much 'scent throw' as possible. The scent from an aromatherapy candle is subtle but is true to nature and it is a sad fact of modern life that we have become so accustomed to synthetics that we have lost sensitivity to pure, natural fragrances.

 

How does it work?

When lit, aromatherapy candles or melts begin to gently release essential oils into the air. Researchers believe that when people inhale the unique chemical compounds found in essential oils, this activates the parts of the brain connected with smell, emotions and memories (the amygdala and hippocampus). This causes chemicals to be released in the brain which can make a person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated.

 

Why soy ?

It is a widely accepted that soy wax is by far the best wax when it comes to aromatherapy. The reason for this is quite simple. To gain the most benefits from the essential oils infused in the wax, the oils must be released gently under a low heat. If the wax is heated up too quickly, it can cause damage to the essential oils and they can vaporise rapidly. For this reason, paraffin candles, even if they really do contain pure essential oils, are poor candidates for aromatherapy. They burn too hot and do you really want to be breathing in the noxious mix of carcinogenic petro-carbon and toxic chemicals like benzene and toluenerom that are present in the petroleum by product, paraffin wax? Soy wax is ideal for use in candle aromatherapy since soy wax burns cooler, not to mention cleaner than almost all other waxes on the market. With soy wax, the oils are also dispersed more evenly into the air.

 

What are aromatherapy candles used for?

Most people use aromatherapy candles for their mood enhancing effects. Aromatherapy candles can be used to stimulate the mind when studying for exams, to help one relax and feel peaceful, to relieve stress or to combat sleep disorders such as insomnia. Aromatherapy candle can even be used as an alternative to emotional eating which can indirectly solve any number of health problems. Aromatherapy candles can enhance the general atmosphere of a room to create a more pleasant and relaxing atmosphere for the whole family.

 

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