Many people don’t realize how powerful our olfactory nerve is in changing moods and even triggering memories. In fact, the sense of smell is believed to be the strongest sense for creating association of past events.
So how can you use this to your advantage? Well, for many years now people have been using the scents given off from candles to create comfortable atmospheres. Currently, around nine out of 10 candle users report that they use them to make a room feel more comfortable or cozy.
With more than 10,000 different candle scents available to consumers in the United States, there is no shortage of different smells that can create unique atmospheres. Unfortunately, there are plenty on the market that are not made from components conducive to aromatherapy.
This type of treatment didn’t not become popular in the U.S. until the 1980s. It has become so popular in recent years, that numerous lotions, scented candles, and even beauty products are marketed and sold as “aromatherapy.” However, a large portion of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not hold the same properties as essential oils that are actually beneficial for aromatherapy purposes.
They key to effectively altering mood and cognitive mindset through aromatherapy, is to use natural ingredients. This is especially important for products that come in direct contact with the skin. Not only do synthetic compounds not have the same characteristics as plant extracts, but they can actually cause irritation to the skin; pretty counterproductive to why you would even be using them.
There is a reason that there has been a a large push for the use of more natural ingredients in everything from beauty products to food. To reap all of the benefits of aromatherapy, it’s important to ensure the ingredients will actually be effective. All natural candles can fill a home with pleasant smells that will keep you feeling positive and comfortable.