- Is Aromatherapy Good for You?
- Can Essential Oils Make Your House Feel Better?
If you want to create a calm and relaxing environment, there are many ways to do it. One of the most popular methods is using aromatherapy. Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy for centuries because they can be harnessed as powerful tools that promote physical and emotional well-being. So given we are candle makers, why is essential oil in candles so good for us? It all has to do with our sniffer.
The nose is a complex organ that can be compared to an antenna that picks up scent molecules from our environment and then transfers them into the brain. This allows you to perceive smells. Do you know why your sense of smell is so important? It's because it helps you avoid dangers, find food and drink, and discover new things. Without a good nose, life wouldn't be the same!
These essential oil blends might not keep you out of danger, but they might help you achieve your goal of creating an atmosphere where peace reigns supreme!
Lavender is an excellent example of a profoundly calming essential oil. Lavender's aroma has been shown in studies to produce feelings of relaxation and well-being, promoting calmness on both the physical and emotional levels.
Orange essential oil is another useful oil that can be used to promote a calm atmosphere. The sweet, citrus aroma of orange essential oil helps to uplift mood. It is said to help with feelings of depression while also reducing anxiety and stress. In fact, an in-depth study in 2017 in aromatherapy showed potential to be used as an effective therapeutic option for the relief of depressive symptoms in a wide variety of subjects.
Patchouli is another calming blend that can be used in aromatherapy. It is said to help you let go of mental tension and worry by promoting balance on an emotional level.
Basil oil is reputed to have a very calming scent that helps promote feelings of serenity and peace. It may also help with health issues like insomnia, anxiety, or depression and boost energy levels due to its refreshing aroma.
Rose oil helps with uplifting one's mood and promoting self-love within oneself. It is also used for skincare treatment due to its rejuvenating qualities. Studies show at an emotional level, subjects in the rose oil group rated themselves as calmer, more relaxed and less alert than subjects in the control group.
Lemon is one of my favourite smells. It's fresh and light but still has a bit of zest to it! This bright and citrusy scent is perfect for fighting fatigue! Said to relieve anxiety, balances moods while uplifting the spirit and energizes.
Science is really unwrapping the facts when it comes to aromatherapy. For example, Peppermint essential oil benefited brain performance with demanding cognitive tasks during an extensive study on its impact on Brain Function.
A similar study in 2018 showed Bergamot essential oil aromatherapy on mood states, parasympathetic nervous system activity; the primary aim of the present study was to obtain the first clinical evidence for these psychological and physiological effects.
We recently partnered with Angel Sent Aromatherapy to make our limited edition candles. For those that don't know, I am the founder of Angel Sent from some 13 years ago. Insider fact- We like to use Bergamot as a bottom or middle note to our blends to accentuate and strengthen the depth of an aromatherapy experience.
The evidence is in, and it's clear that aromatherapy works to promote a state of calm. Suppose you want to experience the benefits for yourself. In that case, we recommend checking out this month's Ponderings Pinterest collection on Aromatherapy recipes.
Want to try out one of Angel Sent's latest essential oil candle blends? Check them all out here!
disclaimer; Ponderings makes no health or medical claims in this article, please see a qualified medical practitioner for all health advice and concerns.
Further references and reading;
Hongratanaworakit T. Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans. Nat Prod Commun. 2009 Feb;4(2):291-6. PMID: 19370942.
-Kennedy D, Okello E, Chazot P, Howes MJ, Ohiomokhare S, Jackson P, Haskell-Ramsay C, Khan J, Forster J, Wightman E. Volatile Terpenes and Brain Function: Investigation of the Cognitive and Mood Effects of Mentha × Piperita L. Essential Oil with In Vitro Properties Relevant to Central Nervous System Function. Nutrients. 2018 Aug 7;10(8):1029. DOI: 10.3390/nu10081029. PMID: 30087294; PMCID: PMC6116079.
About the author-
Kirsten Macdonald is a Narnia fan and also has a penchant for good 90s tunes. She likes reading, talking to alpacas (you know those fluffy animals with the long necks) wordsmithing and has a homesteading passion. Theological debate is always welcome, as long as it doesn't become too heated! She has survived brain surgery, but that didn't stop her from becoming the editor-in-chief at the magazine she founded. Kirsten is also featured on podcasts across Australia and overseas because she tells some great stories about life and other weird stuff.