• Katie Heyes

My July Journey: Day 3 - My Favourite Scented Candles and How They've Helped My Anxiety

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

We all have our own little unique quirks. For me it’s always been anything fragrance and scent related. All throughout college and Uni I’ve been known as the girl without about half a dozen bottles of perfume in her bag, insisting on spraying herself or as others have put it “drowning herself” every hour with about half the bottle. So smelling nice has always been important to me but I’ve never really considered how beneficial things like perfume and scented candles have been to my mental wellbeing.

It’s no mystery that candles have been scientifically proven to soothe us. The smell stimulates the part of the brain connected to memory and mood bringing many psychological benefits like relieving stress or even enhancing mental clarity. Being fused with aromatherapy oils they are specifically designed to induce different feelings and emotions.

After coming back from Uni, I’ve forgotten just how comforting they really are and they’re definitely something I’ve missed whilst living in halls.

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite fragrances with you as well as providing some scents with their specific benefits to help find what work bests for you!

If anyone knows me they know how obsessed I am with Roses. Being my favourite flowers and taking into account my slight obsession with all things Beauty and the Beast, for me rose infused fragrances are the most elegant of floral scents.

- Yankee Candle Collection – Sweet Morning Rose - Last Easter I treated myself to one of my new favourite scents in the Yankee Candle Collection. Despite initially being drawn to it for the lilac colour to match the décor of my room, I find this is especially soothing to light at night to wind down after a hectic day. With the base being infused with some festive fragrances of Powdery Musk and Marshmallow, alongside the Sugared Rose Petal of the middle, it brings that cosy and warm feel to your room. Although I bought this in Easter, I’m most likely going to use this in the winter season for that comforting festive quality to get me in the seasonal mood.

- Yankee Candle – Fresh Cut Roses – This is the candle I’m currently using and right now I’m absolutely in love with it. Not any surprise really considering the alluring qualities of the flowers (ironic considering my non-existent love life,) but I find this one particularly helps whenever I’m feeling more anxious than usual. Whenever I’m having a bit of a stressful day, I’ve made it part of my daily routine to light this candle and wind down with a good book, allowing its scents to take me to a soothing place where I can relax and enjoy the rest of the day. Not only that but it’s a candle I can light day and night without it being too pungent.

Despite how much I love roses I do like to spice it up a bit (pun very much intended) with some more refreshing scents like Cinnamon and sweet fragrances such as Vanilla.

- Yankee Candle – Vanilla Cupcake - I find this specific candle finds a perfect balance between the two. Whilst I’ll admit it’s a bit too sickly to be kept alit for too long, it’s a great quick fix to increase happiness levels and stimulating feelings of relaxation and joy. As stated before, the sense of smell is the strongest sense related to memory. So all it takes is a smell of something from your childhood to transport you back to that specific time. Thus, our sense of smell can subconsciously put us in a good mood, or a bad mood. For me, Vanilla and Cinnamon remind me of childhood Christmas baking for family gatherings so whenever I light it, all of a sudden I’m back there in those happy moments and all the stresses of the day start to fade away. No surprise really that a food based fragrance would be the most therapeutic for me.

And those are my favourite scented candles. As much as I miss them in Uni, I’ve come to appreciate the benefits of these fragrances even more. If ever you find yourself anxious or worried throughout the day, why not light a candle to help de-stress. Not only is the gentle, mesmerising quality of the flickering light, a perfect addition to any relaxation routine, but it’s a great way to fixate on happier times. Whether it’s a food based or floral fragrance, you'll be amazed at how well this works and how easy it is. Try one next time you are having a stressful day - you won’t regret it! If you’re unsure of where to start I’ve made a list of some scented candles and their specific benefits to help find what’s best for you. Thanks for reading and will see you in the next post!

- Katie x

- Lavender - relaxes instantly both mind and body.

- Clary sage - lifts mood.

- Cinnamon - makes you feel refreshed.

- Orange - reduces stress.

- Lemon - improves mood.

- Apple - controls anxiety.

- Peppermint - wakes up your mind and enhances focus.

- Frankincense - helps battle anxiety and gives a great stress relief.

- Sandalwood - relaxes and calms body and mind.

- Vanilla - uplifts your mood and increases levels of relaxation and joy.

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