SCENTED CANDLES FOR YOUR HEALTH

Never underestimate the power of a scented candle. In addition to lighting up a room, scented candles bring pleasant aromas into your home. Some research suggests that candles scented with real essential oils do more than improve the atmosphere; they can actually affect your attitude. By triggering parts of your brain that signal your body to relax, scented aromatherapy candles can boost your mood and reduce your stress levels.

A study by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, suggests that some scents released by aromatherapy candles can help temporarily lower blood pressure. When stressed out volunteers were exposed to certain scented candles, their blood pressure dropped an average of three to five points, a reduction comparable to an extended meditation session. The smell of spiced apple was found to be particularly effective. When a scented candle triggers your blood pressure to drop, you feel more relaxed and are likely to be in a better mood.

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