Life gets so busy. Sometimes, in order to completely switch off my mind from whatever the day has thrown at me, only a scented candle (or two) flickering away will allow me to truly switch off. I did wonder if it was just psychological but it turns out it is scientific! It is scientifically proven that burning a candle can have many health benefits. Scented candles that use quality essential oils can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and stress and induce quality sleep. Lighting a candle symbolizes bringing light to our wishes or desires. A candle can be lit as a prayer for peace or a request for healing. Candles have evolved over time from a utilitarian source of light to a decorative accent that has many different uses and benefits. Candles have been used as a source of light and to illuminate mankind’s celebrations for more than 5,000 years yet little is known about their origin. It is often written that the first candles were developed by ancient Egyptians who used rush lights, or torches, made by soaking the pithy core of reeds in melted animal fat; however, the rush lights had no wick like a true candle. (Source: National Candle Association.) Majority of the developments impacting contemporary candle making occurred during the 19th century; for example, paraffin wax was introduced in the 1850’s after chemists learned how to efficiently separate the waxy substance from petroleum and refine it. After the invention of electricity and the introduction of the light bulb in 1879, candle making began to decline. Although candles may no longer provide man’s major source of light, they now continue to grow in popularity and use: candles symbolize celebration, signify romance, soothe the senses, define ceremony and accent the style of home decors. They instantly change the ambiance of any indoor or outdoor setting by adding light to any space without the harshness of a bright electric bulb. The soft flickering of candlelight creates a relaxing atmosphere and add a sense of warmth. Here are some of my ways you’ll benefit from burning candles:

AMBIANCE
The flicker of candlelight produces a lovely ambiance that simply cannot be replicated. Lighting a few well-placed candles in your home can really add effect and create a cosy and intimate atmosphere. Adding a candle here-and-there will create softness in your room and instantly make it feel warm and welcoming.
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, its lovely flicker and the gentle glow it creates, helps ease and soothe the mind. Lavender candles help ease your mind and relive stress. Eucalyptus candles are energizing and improve focus. Lemon candles are also energizing and can relieve anxiety and depression.

CELEBRATION & ROMANCE
Whether you’re lighting candles on a cake or setting a romantic candlelit dinner to celebrate your anniversary with your significant other, candles are a wonderful way to mark celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, retirement and so much more.
DECOR
Candles are a stylish way to add the finishing touch to any room in your house. Use subtle color add a soft touch to any space; or go with bright, bold color to really make an impact. Candles are very versatile, come in a variety of styles and look great in every room. Bathroom candles provide a spa-like retreat, strategically placed candles throughout your living room make it cosy and calm. You can use candles outdoors on your patio, porch, and deck and in your garden to create a magical, whimsical escape; burn a citronella candle to keep bugs away.

Candles directly correspond with the element of fire, which is vital to Feng Shui.

FRAGRANCE
Scented candles are a perfect way to subtly add a wonderful fragrance to your space, and cover-up unwelcome odours. There are a wide variety of scented candles available for purchase in a number of fragrance types: everything from fruity to baked goods; from herbal & earthy to airy & clean, from woodsy & masculine to floral & feminine, from food & drink to seasonal & festive.
HEALTH
Burning candles can be beneficial to your health. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is self-care and taking care of your mind: lighting candles can provide the perfect atmosphere to induce calm and a sense of well-being. If you ever feel enveloped by fear or feel anxious, burning candles can help with anxiety.

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.

REMEMBRANCE & SUPPORT
Our sense of smell is strongly tied with memory, so we often associate a specific scent with a moment or memory.

ROMANCE
Keep that spark alive in your relationship with a little candlelight: turn any dinner into a romantic, candlelit moment. Always keep candles on your nightstands; when the mood strikes, light it and turn up the heat – nothing enhances the moment quite like some soft lighting.

SELF-EXPRESSION
Just like everyone has different tastes in fashion and music, everyone has particular fragrance preferences and everybody smells scents differently. Show off your individuality and personality by burning the scents that you love. And just like your style choices, never feel insecure about what you like. Embrace it! If someone else doesn’t like your patchouli candle, that doesn’t make it a bad scent.

Comment below and tell me why do you burn candles?