Does Aromatherapy actually work?

Does Aromatherapy actually work
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However, we decided to take a neutral look at how aromatherapy works and what it entails. Let’s get one thing clear from the beginning: aromatherapy does not singularly entail scented candles; in fact, candles are among the most recent ways of inducing aromatherapy.

With scented candles gaining a lot of traction and attracting millions of dollars worth of business worldwide, it is not surprising that many people are skeptical about the benefits these businesses claim.

Where it all started

The practice of aromatherapy is date back to around six millennia. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks & Romans were said to use aromatherapy in a lot of their rituals, including but not limited to their embalming process, baths and massages.

But it is not the when that concerns most people, but the why and how. It is widely known and even scientifically proven that specific smells evoke memories. Let’s say your father used to wear a Ralph Lauren cologne, and 20 years later, when you find that cologne and smell, it instantly plays back memories you had with your father.

Lavender especially has a charisma rarely matched by other scents. Apart from turning heads and getting appreciative nods from everyone around you, it has been a superstar of the fragrance world for quite some time. Greek physicians used to prescribe lavender to cure thorax issues. It is use for a hundred generations for anything from warding off evil spirits to relieving the pains of lovesickness.

How it works

We can stretch this knowledge to imagine that different aromas affect a person’s mood and overall psychological stance. This is where the oldest form of aromatherapy comes into play, essential oils.

Essential oils have been mixed & matched for millennia to create different scents that address different ailments. Eucalyptus oil, for example, is believed to cure cases of flu, colds & other mild skin conditions. Out of all scents, Lavender is the most common; you will find a lot of lavender boxes for candles out there. With its wide variety of applications and uses, a few other scents now commonly available in candle forms or oils are Sandalwood, Rosemary and Tea Tree.

Linalool is known to alter the parasympathetic nervous system. It causes the ‘fight or flight’ response in the body to change to ‘rest and digest.’ Lavender is also great at reducing stress since one of the most important concepts of mindfulness is the idea of letting go of things beyond our control instead of reacting to them.

Why Use it?

If we are talking about candles, the most straightforward answer is that it does work to an extent, and it is a lot less messy, not to mention inexpensive. Lighting a candle is much easier than combining oils and getting the right amount in each vial. Lighting a candle literally takes a second.

But why should people do it? Does it have benefits? We believe so, yes. Apart from the great plus of having your room smell great, aromatherapy engages and alerts all of your senses. 

Depending on which aroma you go for and the quality of the candle you use, you will feel a few differences in your mood. These candle manufacturers are releasing dozens of different luxurious scents in beautiful custom kraft boxes that you can find easily in gift shops and online. Try them out and find your best fit. Every individual has their unique blend of tastes and appeals, so find what works best for you and see how it changes your day.

Aromatherapy has been around for a while, and so far, no one has been able to say with solid evidence that this is snake oil. We believe that you will like the results of scented candles once you try them.

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