aromatherapy, candles, scents, fragrance

Our noses are closer to our brain than we realize, and aromatherapy is dedicated specifically to affecting our minds and moods through the sense of smell. While some people prefer incense or oils, I enjoy the atmospheric touch of a scented candle. Also a great gift idea, candles can spruce up a room by appealing to both our eyes and noses. Whether used to accompany a relaxing bath or  kickstart your morning, a scented candle can heighten or lower your mood.

To help you avoid sniffing a sleepy scent when you’re trying to enjoy a romantic night in with your partner, we’ve compiled a little cheat sheet to help you pick the best scent for your evening.

Romance

My personal favorite is vanilla, and not only because it smells like dessert! Vanilla, cinnamon and clove are considered  aphrodisiacs, and can really turn up the heat in a romantic situation.

Relaxation and sleep

Aromatherapy most commonly used to induce calm and relieve anxiety and stress. For this reason, lavender is the God of all aromatherapy scents. Other notables include chamomile and patchouli.

Energy

Ever wondered why the word “zest” refers to enthusiasm and high energy? For that little, extra kick, the citrus scents will be your best friend. Orange-scented candles are the most fruitful mood-lifters.

Concentration

If you need a bit of extra help focusing on that assignment, chore or work brief? Peppermint, basil and rosemary scents clear the mind, allowing you to focus your attention on the task at hand.

Illness

Aromatherapy can also be used to treat symptoms of cold and flu. Ginger is said to be the go-to scent to ease headaches, but you can’t go past eucalyptus for nasal decongestion.

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