Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:18 AM
Winter or Summer. Day or Night. Ever notice that when you are feeling a slump, and you light a candle, suddenly you feel something move your energy and change your mood? Ever wonder why?
It is believed that the element of fire symbolizes life energy, spirit, or the divine force. How is that for kicking your slump to the side!
There must be something in the flicker of a flame that lights us up: A kind of inner illumination.
I thought this was an interesting concept. Lets take an esoteric look, for a moment, at the element of fire in relation to the other three elements: air, water, and earth. Fire is a substance that is hot and dry in character. Its role in nature is to refine and intermingle things. It has the power to mingle with and ride through air. It also has the ability to overcome the coldness and change the characteristic traits of earth and water. Therefore, if controlled in its use it has the ability to maintain harmony among the elements.
Our body is made up of water, it certainly breathes in air, and we eat the things of the earth. And so it makes perfect sense to me that we respond to, and desire a sense of: harmony within our own body among the elements. Harmony creates positive energy.
And so, whether you choose to light a single tea candle or votive candle at your work desk, a few long taper candles or pillar candles over a romantic dinner, a slow burning jar candle in a reception area or waiting room of your business, or a room full of beautifully designed candle holders displaying all your favorite shapes and scents, you now have a better understanding of the harmony you are creating for your sense of well-being.
But the fire is only where the transformation begins. Scented candles contribute to the mood set for any given occasion or atmosphere. Aromatherapy has become an intended use in the making of candles.
Aromatherapy is simply the science of using plant extracts, essential oils and the aromas they emit, to transform our psychological and physical well-being. These oils have been specifically intermingled in many of the candles we purchase so that the experience of smelling freshly picked roses, a handful of grated spices, or a fresh bunch of rosemary, can linger in our home or work place and ignite positive energy.
It has been a long known fact that lavender oil has a relaxing cleansing affect on our thoughts, which helps our mood when we are feeling anxious or irritable.
Numerous other pure essential oils from plant extracts have various affects on our well-being too. Below are just a few to stimulate your knowledge of these extracts.
- Peppermint oil
- Rosemary oil
Peace and a feeling of Happiness:
- Grapefruit oil
- Lemon oil
- Orange oil
- Sage oil
- Ginger oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Basil oil
- Bergamot oil
- Rose oil
- Jasmine oil
- Cinnamon oil
There are so many colors and scents to choose from, and equally as many companies making quality candles from pure essential oils, but the two companies we have enjoyed again and again have been:
- Yankee Candles, which burn slow and have numerous aromatic selections
- WoodWick Candles, with their natural wick of organic wood, offering the soothing sound of a crackling fire
But no matter which candle selections have become your favorite, it is always best to burn candles that do not emit toxic fumes. To be on the safe side we have found that Soy Candles make for the best basic ingredient. Soy candles burn slow and clean, and do not create the fumes that are often associated with candles made of paraffin.
Experiment with new scents and therapeutic choices in the candles you bring into your home or work place, and do let me know of some of your discoveries!
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