During covid more candles are being used than ever before. It could be something to do with the fact that everyone is home more! Are there real benefits to burning a candle? Can candles really change how we feel about our space?
According to Chryssa Chalkia, an accredited clinical integrative psychotherapist and cognitive behavioral therapist, the soothing effect that candles have is based on how the brain processes smells. The smell of scented candles stimulates our limbic system, the part of the brain that is home to our memory and emotions. Hormones like serotonin and dopamine can be produced to help regulate mood. Therefore, our emotional state is influenced by the relationship that exists between scents, memories, and emotions.
Scented candles have been used for centuries in all manner of rituals as they promote healing, enhance meditation and cleanse energies. The gentle, mesmerising quality of their light makes them a perfect aid for any relaxation routine.
Many people are struggling to maintain a positive outlook during the Covid-19 pandemic, a scented candle may just lift your spirits and warm your space where you are spending the most time.