Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Candles

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Aromatherapy and essential oils are experiencing a real Renaissance. The other day I was having lunch with my friend, and she told me about an aromatherapy class she was taking. By virtue of my profession, I have been interested in the meanings and properties of scents for many years, but I was excited to know that my friend and others were starting to develop an interest in a subject I am so curious about.

The history of fragrance is very interesting and it began with the burning of wood and leaves in ancient times. Neolithic man realized that some firewood, like Cedar and Cyprus, did more than provide them with warmth and sustenance, it also filled the air with a rich redolent scent. The origin of our word perfume hints at this discovery, as it comes from the Latin per fumum, meaning “through smoke”.

I love feeling connected to this rich history through my craft and thought I’d share a little bit of this background with my lovely readers. In ancient times, essential oils and aromas had many purposes; they were used in medicinal healing, food, religious ceremonies and as aphrodisiacs. I think much of this is still true today, and is certainly something I keep in mind while creating new blends for our candles. The demand for these precious oils and scents established a long distance trade, as the oils were not only relatively easy to transport but sometimes more even valuable than gold and jewels. One could say that the map of the world might be very different if human beings had not cultivated their passion for fragrance.

Versatility

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Candles are usually associated with celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and many other festive occasions. Most of us don’t realize that candles have many different uses and are actually extremely versatile. Over the years, my mother and I have fallen in love with our candles and enjoy finding new ways to put them to use. We like incorporating our seasonal scents into our holiday decor (Forest Fir is a favorite around Christmas and New Year’s), and our full line is just perfect around the house and studio as decoration, aromatherapy and even come in handy as emergency lighting during power outages! Personally, I love to relax with calming scents like our Lavender candle. In fact, experts recommend relaxing with Lavender, which is thought to help create a sense of deep calm, soothe the nervous system, and stimulate the immune system. What are some ways you like to use candles in your home and which are your favorite scents to unwind with?

Rest & Relaxation

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I find that one of the most wonderful advantages of being in the candle-making business is that I am always mere moments away from a restorative aromatherapy session. Lucky me, I know! I just love burning our lavender candle while soaking in a warm bath, drinking a glass of wine, cooking a family dinner or while talking with friends. I find it eases all of my tensions and it’s such a simple solution after a long day of work.

When life gets in the way, as so often happens, what do you do for a quick exercise in relaxation? Which Linnea’s Lights candles help you unwind?