Lighting A Candle That Reminds You of a Fond Memory
If you could associate a smell with any memory, what would it be? The answer to this question will vary from person to person, which is something one can only learn by asking around.
I asked friends and family about the most vivid memory they had that came with a certain smell. Some said it was their grandmother's kitchen; others recalled playing in a flower garden. The memory was not necessarily one they cherished the most, but it was an aroma that stuck with them until now.
One of the best ways to introduce a powerful scent into your home is to light up a scented candle. Candles come in a variety of scents, so you can custom tailor the aroma in your home to evoke a certain memory. Here's what it means to use a candle's potent scent to remind you of a fond memory.
Scent and Memory
Our sense of smell is closely linked to our memory center; some scientists even consider our memory attached to those smells more powerful than our memories themselves (for example, if you were born into a wealthy family and had everything you ever wanted, but you can't remember any of your childhood). This is because memory can easily be distorted and twisted as we get older, but smells are embedded
Scent is the sense most closely tied to memory. A candle that reminds you of a memory will often remind you of the emotions and feelings associated with it. If used properly, it can allow you to relive those memories or even make new ones.
Candles can even bring these memories to the mind of a young child who might not even remember ever smelling a particular scent before. My grandmother used to light lilac candles because she loved the smell of fresh lilac bushes - whenever I pass a lilac in the springtime, I'm brought back to thoughts of my grandmother's house, rather than the allure of the flowers themselves! If children see the candle burning and smell its lovely aroma, it can help them to create new happy memories associated with that smell.
Find The Perfect Memory
Go through old photos, cards, letters, etc., or just make one up in your head and think about that memory until the feeling associated with it comes back to you. It should give you a vague feeling of happiness and well being, along with a distinct impression of another time and place. Make sure this memory (while possibly not perfect) is an overall happy memory!
I remember when everyone started using citronella as mosquito-repellent candles (the ones that still smell like flowers) because they didn't want their children to be bitten by bugs. Personally, I'm glad mosquitoes exist because otherwise I might have missed out on the pleasure of burning these pretty little things... Although citronella isn't often regarded as the most lovely of all scents (it's more of an acquired taste), every time one is lit-up, it brings me back to summer nights, running around with my friends, surrounded by food, drinks, and family.
Choosing A Memory Candle
While citronella is a poignant trigger for me, it could be anything for you! Maybe you have fond memories attached to floral scents like lavender or sweet pea; gourmand scents like cinnamon bun or warm apple pie; or fresh scents like ocean breeze. Everyone is different, everyone has different memories, and every scent will mean something different to each individual!
Once you've selected a memory to love, it's time to purchase your candle. Once you have it in your home, carefully light your memory candle. Relax and let the memory wash over you for a few minutes as the scent of it fills the room (or wherever you are).
Make sure to blow out your memory candle before going to bed each night as memory candles should only be burned while awake for safety reasons. Burn your memory candle with intent and have confidence that they'll work to bring back nostalgic feelings. Don't be disappointed if your memories don't seem powerful at first - remember, it's not an instant memory recall potion, so have patience.
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