Many people associate the use of candles with fun occasions like celebrating one’s birthday or having a romantic dinner with a loved one. You might not know that candlelight actually offers some calming effects that can be helpful if you simply want to relax and find relief from stress.
There’s a reason candles are a big part of most spiritual and religious ceremonies in different cultures. The soft light the flame gives off seems to reach the soul of the person participating in such ceremonies. Many even say they can only focus and get into a meditative state when they’re focusing on the flame of a candle.
But how do you choose the right candle for you? Do you need fancy candles to achieve the best results? Here are some things you need to remember if you want to achieve a tranquil atmosphere with candlelight:
Steer clear from petroleum-based paraffin wax candles because their emission can cause health hazards especially if you are always exposed to them. This type of candle releases harmful chemicals like alkenes and toluene which have been associated with allergies, asthma, and even cancer. Additionally, petroleum candles are not from a renewable source. Opt for either soy or beeswax as they are both biodegradable, non-toxic, and renewable.
While a pleasing scent is definitely relaxing, if it’s from an artificially scented petroleum-based candle, they are going to do more harm than good. It’s better to simply choose those that are infused with natural essential oils. Also, the molecules of essential oils found in candles are small enough to get through someone’s olfactory system so you can also get the benefits that come from the essential oil itself. You should choose essential oils that can reduce stress like lavender or ylang-ylang, among others.
You might think that you should always go bright when it comes to candles. While that’s true for celebratory use, you should stick to neutral hues if the main purpose is to get you to focus and be calm. Choose soft pastel colours or stick to white so you won’t be distracted by loud colours and you can focus on the flame.
You want to make sure that you are using your candles safely, so when you light them, keep them at least a good 12 inches away from anything flammable. Also, use sturdy holders that won’t tip and don’t burn candles all the way down.
Choose a quiet room in your home where you can light one or more candles and where you can play relaxing music. You can even designate a table where you can also add other things that comfort and relax you like essential oils, crystals, photos, and written affirmations. Then make it a habit to start or end a day meditating in this space. Light your candles and focus on the flames while breathing deeply, inhaling and exhaling as you imagine your stress slowly melting away and positive energy filling your body.
You can also light some candles while you soak in the tub or while you’re taking a nice shower to make the experience more relaxing.
If you work at home, you can also light a candle that’s on your desk and meditate for a few minutes before you start working or whenever you need a break.
Candles are undoubtedly one of the best “tools” that can help you enjoy a few minutes of your day and get you in a more relaxed and meditative state. The best smelling candles that are infused with aromatherapy oils can help erase stress, too. Of course, the key is finding high quality candles that are made of either soy or beeswax and not paraffin ones that can be harmful to your health.
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