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How to Use Aromatherapy Candles to Improve Mental Health


Candles have been used for a very long time and you will be able to find so many varieties of candles on the market. They come in so many scents and you may even be surprised by some of the more unusual scents.

It is well understood that scent is something that can help us reach memories in the back of our minds. And familiar scents can actually relax you and help you release some of the pent up stress of the day. Aromatherapy candles can help improve your mood if you have a black cloud hanging over you. You will be able to relax your mind as you are focusing on the scent of the candle. This can be a distraction that takes you out of the worries that you are ruminating on at the moment. And by choosing scents that are special to you, you will be able to promote positive emotions and deal with negative emotions a little better. It gives you some time to reflect on your emotions which can help you understand yourself at that moment a little better. And self-reflection can always help you become kinder to yourself. 

You may have heard of candles for grief that are very helpful for anxiety. When you are grieving for a loved one, you can honour that loved one by lighting a candle. This can be a beautiful way of illuminating your love and taking some time out of a busy day to pause and self-reflect. These grief candles are made with essential oils that have particular healing properties. This can help support your emotions and allow you to create a safe place to heal. There is no magic way of getting over grief instantly. It is a process that is different for everyone. You need to find your path in making peace with your grief to the point where you will be able to remember the loved one with more positive emotions. If you find it difficult to go to sleep, you can calm yourself and quiet your mind by lighting a candle right before you go to sleep. Make sure you do this safely to avoid any fire hazards.

If you are feeling stressed or suffering from depression, the calming scent of a candle can be a balm on your mind and spirit. You may experience muscle stiffness or headaches as a result of stress. And focusing on the scent of an aromatherapy candle can help you take a step back and get some much needed rest. These candles can also help you improve concentration. As the scent of the candle, the ritual of lighting it and the flickering light of the flame can create a relaxing atmosphere, your stress will become background noise and you will be able to focus on the task at hand better. Sometimes, when you have anxiety, it can manifest as a physical symptom where you experience heart palpitations and shortness of breath. The calming atmosphere created by the scented candle can help you quiet the anxiety and focus on breathing.

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