Aromatherapy continues to be a popular form of holistic care, experiencing such a renewed level of interest over the past decade that many may assume that it is something new. However, aromatherapy is an art that has survived across thousands of years. In fact, it originated several millennia ago among the ancient civilization of Egypt where the use of essential oils was first discovered to have a therapeutic effect on people’s well being. Aromatherapy has also been long practiced by citizens of China and other countries located in the Far East.As modern medicine forms developed, natural remedies were in large part abandoned, and aromatherapy was often disregarded in favor of newer methods. Over time, the methodology and belief in aromatherapy faded, but recently its effectiveness as a means to treat all of a person’s Candle-aromatherapyphysical, mental, and social concerns has been rediscovered. It is now even believed by many to be a simple remedy in the management of certain illnesses. In fact, the overall value of aromatherapy is no longer unsubstantiated. Scientific studies have been performed to validate why and how it works, confirming the benefits that people have been experiencing for centuries.In basic terms, aromatherapy is based on the way a person’s mind and body reacts to certain scents. A human’s sense of smell is closely linked to their mental state and memories, and different aromas provoke different reactions.

Some of the popular aromatherapy scents are:

  • Vanilla which is known to have a refreshing effect. It can alleviate stress, calm and energize. It can also create a feeling of romance, acting as a mild aphrodisiac.
  • Jasmine which is mood stimulating, calming and energizing.
  • Sandalwood which is energizing, uplifting, and soothing to the nerves and anger.
  • Citrus (Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit, etc.) which is energizing and gladdening.
  • Patchouli which lessens anger, fatigue, and stress.
  • Lavender which is relaxing, soothing to anxiety, irritability, and stress, and able to counteract panic.
  • Rose which aids in ridding the mind of anger, depression, grief, panic, stress, and anxiety by instilling a feeling of peacefulness and happiness.
  • Rosemary which bolsters feelings of confidence, increases the ability to think clearly, and combats fatigue.

And the list goes on and on…

Of course, it is important to realize that everybody can have very unique and individualized reactions to different smells, and all of these reactions cannot be attributed to aromatherapy. For instance, the smell of fresh baked cookies or pie may be calming to someone that associates that fragrance with childhood memories of Grandma’s kitchen. Rather than being true aromatherapy, this is considered aroma-chology, and it deals only with the psychological effects that certain smells have upon a particular person.

To reap the true benefits of aromatherapy through burning candles, one should select candles which are made with real essential oils. Artificial fragrances may generate a pleasant reaction, but they are not capable of producing the same holistic advantages as true aromatherapy scents.

Knowledge about aromatherapy, though it is several millennia old, is increasing and becoming more widely accepted everyday. That is why aromatherapy is both something old and something new.


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