Candles, once only used for generating a source of light, have been used to create a certain ambiance for years –be it for romantic or for relaxation purposes, and have become increasingly popular in latter years. Aromatherapy candles have been specifically scented with essential oils and they naturally bring a sense of harmony into any environment. Candles can set a mood so perfectly, whether warm and welcoming is the desired effect or whether for tranquility and they are so easy to obtain. Aromatherapy candles can be ordered through the internet, but many candles can be found in retail outlets across the country.
Traditionally, candle designs were plain and simple and unscented. Nowadays candles come in a variety of designs and scents and these can be used to create any mood required.
Lavender aromatherapy candles can be quite soothing especially if burned in the evening as a prelude to a good nights sleep, if the candle is meant as a gift, be careful as the scent is not always popular with everyone however, so as much as it may lift someone’s mood or be conducive to relaxation and help to instill a sense of peace and tranquility, it can cause agitation in some, especially the elderly who may suffer with a form of dementia.
For family groups or large groups where there might be some animosity, it can be useful to burn a lavender aromatherapy candle, as it can help to prevent negative tensions from building.
Mixed aromatherapy candles may not always be a good idea, as the aromas may conflict with each other and the expected mood may not occur. Candles should not be left unattended either for safety purposes, accidents do happen. Typically the candle should be burned for one hour for every inch of its diameter so that it burns evenly.
Be careful of where you position the candle also, otherwise the carefully created tranquil atmosphere will disappear dramatically if the candle is knocked over or left in a draft and a fire starts.
To add to the relaxed ambiance, those who feel particularly creative can go one step further and create their own candles. Added to the feeling of relaxation is one of satisfaction at seeing your own creation. There are many kits for those who have little knowledge and also different moulds available in the market place for those who are feeling a little more inspired and who would like to create their candles in a variety of shapes or sizes. Once the candle has been created, adding the scent of your choice makes the whole process much more personal and is a good finishing touch.
Choose a pure essential oil and add to the candle at the final stage. The effects will be one of pure satisfaction as you sit and watch the flickering flame devour your own creation and breathe in the heady aroma of your own aromatherapy candle.