Candles and Relaxation

You when you’ve had one of those days; you’re tired, stressed and couldn’t be bothered doing anything, well we’ve all had them and you can be sure that we’ll all have more of them in the future.


Burning candles is one of the simplest ways to help you relax.

Almost everyone has a candle in the house, some of us have several (ahem) and if you don’t have one, they’re more than easy to get.

Any type of candle will work to help you relax, big or small, soy candles, paraffin candles, beeswax candles, scented or unscented; but certain scents will help with the relaxation. Lavender is renowned for its relaxation benefits in aromatherapy. It’s used in products made for relaxation and stress relief, such as pillows, bath and massage oils, soaps and lotions. Although some people aren’t fans of lavender; some don’t even find it helps them relax, for them there are many other scents that are great for relaxation; chamomile, vanilla, ylang-ylang, sage, bergamot and sandalwood. I personally find that scents with a comforting smell or ones that evoke happy memories are great for stress relief and relaxation.

Yankee Candle Soft Blanket
One of my favourite comforting scented candles.

Even the colour of a candle can add to your relaxation. Use calming, muted colours to relax, such as pale blues, mint greens, whites and ivories or various shades of purple. Bright coloured such as reds, oranges, and yellows can be stimulating to the mind and can make it harder to fully relax. I light pastel coloured candles in the evening to help me wind down.Simply having lit candles is very relaxing itself; the glow itself enhances your surroundings and brings peacefulness. Inhaling the comforting scents and staring at the flame of the candle while lit in a darkened room, will help you distress, just look at how the colours subtly change as you stare into the flame. Take deep, calming breaths while relaxing and not thinking or worrying.The next time you are looking for a quick way to unwind and switch off from the world, look no further than some wax and a wick.

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