Long gone are the days when we depended on candles to light our way in the dark; now they represent elegance, relaxation and offer help with unwinding from our busy lives. Today’s candles have some pretty amazing benefits in addition to providing illumination. Candles are:
Calming. Candlelight is soft and pleasant compared to harsh florescent lighting, or even sunlight. The flickering of a candle calms the senses, and it’s easy to become mesmerized and relaxed when looking at a wavering flame. Don’t underestimate the power of candlelight to promote relaxation.
Decorative. Candles today come in a variety of scents and colors, and they’re designed both for function and to visually enhance our living spaces. Available in a variety of decorative tins, jars and glasses, they add personality and complement any room’s decor.
Mood-enhancing. Besides calming us and beautifying our homes and offices, scented candles also affect our moods and attitudes in other ways. Essential oils and fragrances released by burning candles stimulate the senses while enhancing concentration and promoting clarity. Lavender is said to ward off anxiety and depression, and is a natural treatment for insomnia because it soothes the senses. Citrus scents are invigorating and help with alertness and concentration. Floral and woodland-inspired scents are calming and relaxing.
Nostalgic. Certain scents remind us of specific events or specific time periods in our lives, bringing back happy memories each time that scented candle is burned and helping to further relax or invigorate us. Try the Lafco House & Home Candle Collection available at The Company Store that is sure to bring delightful scents to your home that inspire the senses.
Environmentally-friendly. Over the long-term, burning petroleum-based paraffin wax candles may be harmful because chemicals are released into the environment. However, that’s not the case for newer, all-natural beeswax or soy candles, such as the Illume soy candles now sold at The Company Store. These natural candles are biodegradable, free of toxins and are renewable. Illume Candles are filled with soy wax blended with essential oils and use all cotton wicks.
Burning scented candles allows us to create a little retreat from the world for a time, while elevating our moods and brightening our living spaces (in more ways than one!)
A word about safety: Remember to always be safe when burning candles in jars, tins or glass containers. Keep the candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable, don’t burn them all the way down, and don’t leave candles burning unattended.