We all know that candles smell great, and that candlelight is soft and inviting but did you know that candles are good for you, too? Candles have many benefits besides the way they make your home smell. They improve your quality of life in so many ways! So, the next time a friend or your spouse accuses you of being candle-crazy, tell them all the different ways that candles make your life better – and theirs too! Here are five benefits to having candles in your home that you need to know about now.
Candles can help set the mood
Whether you're planning a special night with your partner, setting a spooky scene for Halloween, or want to light your room just right for an event or perfect night of any kind, candles come in handy when you want to set a mood. Listed below are several events and activities that candles help set the mood for:
Yoga and Meditation
If you've ever done yoga or meditated at a studio then you've probably noticed that candles are frequently used. In these kinds of calm spaces dim light, a little bit of ambiance, and the right scent can help you relax and leave your day behind you. Candles have the same benefit during home practice too. You can turn down the lights and create a space away from the world that is just right to encourage your practice with candles that are spaced responsibly, mindful of drafts, and away from anything that can catch fire. You will definitely benefit from the addition of candles to your mindful practice.
Candlelight always looks amazing, but especially so when you’re preparing for time spent with someone that is special to you. Maybe you're preparing a classic candle-lit dinner, drawing a romantic bath, or want the lovely look of light playing across the room while you cuddle. Whether candlelight is your perfect lighting or you're planning to pop the question, your moment will be more special and intimate with candlelight to set the mood.
Festive Fall Fun
As the season of crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice lattes draws near and is practically here, there are tons of fun fall activities made better by candles. You can carve pumpkins surrounded by candles, cuddle up with a good book surrounded by soft light, or get ready for a spooky Halloween party and handing out candy to all the costumed kids.
Candles & Aromatherapy
When you think of candles one of the first things you probably think of is how they smell, but did you ever think of burning candles practicing aromatherapy at home? You are! Aromatherapy is a healing treatment that helps to encourage health through the scent of essential oils. While the benefits are often mental and spiritual, you cannot deny the benefits of scent to promote positive feelings and leave you feeling better than you did before. Whether you want to feel more alert and focused or more relaxed and in tune with yourself or the world around you, the right candle scent is key!
One of the best things about candles is all the ways they can improve your space, whether at home, in the office, or in a relaxing space like the yoga or meditation studio we talked about above. No matter what space you’re working in, you can never have enough candles. Candles come in all shapes and sizes, in different types of jars, and in different colors too. Some great ways to use candles as décorinclude:
Seasonal decorations for holidays like Halloween or Christmas
Filler for different spaces in your home like side tables and bookshelves
As a centerpiece for your dining room table
As a statement piece because your candle comes in such a cool glass jar
The great thing about candles as décor is that you get all the benefits of scent and light too! Whether you’re buying candles like crazy to put all around the house or are repurposing your candle jars after they're empty, candles make an excellent addition to any space you want to spruce up.
Mask Other Scents
One of the main reasons we all love candles so much is that they smell great and there are so many scents to choose from, too! Of course, you want to immerse yourself in your favorite scent, but you might be trying to cover up another odor, too. Sometimes factors like household pets, living close to a restaurant, or the mustiness that comes from a long winter with the windows closed can leave your space just a little less luxurious than you’d like it to be. Don’tworry. We’ve all been there. Give your space a little spring-cleanup, light your favorite candles, and cuddle up with your pet if you want to because your favorite candle scent is there for you!
Recall Pleasant Memories
One of the most powerful ways to trigger a memory is with familiar scents. Whether you’re daydreaming about your childhood kitchen where Mom or Dad baked your favorite sweet treats, a dreamy beach vacation that you took with friends, or you want to immerse yourself in the favorite scent of someone you love, candles are key! You may be too busy for the beach or for a visit home, but you’re never too busy for candles and the kind of self-care that comes from the reminder of a special time in your life. Add a little something to your daydreams with candles that remind you of loved ones and fond memories so that they’re always close by when you need them.
At the end of the day, candles add cherished scents to your space and aid in creating a positive mental state like relaxation and calm. No matter what reason you have for buying candles, the benefits are clear. Whether you're trying to lift your spirits or fill your home with the perfect décor, get a little candle crazy. It’s good for you!