Aromatherapy candles can often be seen as a bit of a novelty – a gift to get someone when you don’t know what else to give them. Here at Therapy Directory, we see them as tools we can use to elevate daily rituals and embrace a more mindful approach to self-care.
If you’re a fan of scented candles, take a look at our guide on the different ways you can use them to add a little luxury and intention to your day.
1. To signal your wind-down time
Switching off after a day at work can be difficult. One of our favourite ways to use candles is to light one when we’re home, ready to unwind. The simple act of lighting a candle and filling your home with a relaxing scent at this time signals to your brain that it’s time to relax.
2. To focus on during meditation
Sometimes having an object to focus on during meditation helps you focus in and clear your mind. Look at the flame for a few minutes as you begin and then close your eyes. You can then picture the flame in your mind’s eye and use this as an anchoring point during meditation.
Using an aromatherapy candle has the added bonus of scent, so ensure you pick an aroma that matches the type of meditation you’re doing.
3. To enhance your yoga practice
Yoga is a very mindful practice. It helps you get out of your head and into your body, and is the perfect way to prepare for meditation. Having an aromatherapy candle burning as you practise is a great way to enhance the mindfulness aspect. You’ll be able to focus on the scent and how your body feels in each pose.
4. To elevate self-care practices
Taking time for you is so important for your physical and mental health. Taking a bath or reading a good book are some of our favourite ways to embrace self-care and having a beautiful scented candle burning makes the experience feel extra special.
5. To inspire creativity when you work
If you work from home (or your office allows it) try lighting a candle in your work space. Uplifting scents like citrus or mint can help you stay alert, focused and productive. Every now and then, take a mindfulness break – maybe focus on the candle, how it looks, how it smells. This can help you slow down and allow creative ideas to surface.
Tips on using aromatherapy candles:
- Where possible, allow candles to burn for an hour to let the wax melt evenly.
- Trim the wick regularly, aim to keep it around 0.5cm. If it’s too long it can create smoke when burnt.
- Where possible, extinguish candles using a candle snuffer or lid as this minimises smoke and the burning smell.
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