Amazing Scented Candle Combinations For Relaxation

Stress has become such a normal part of our daily lives, what with all the things that we have to juggle – our finances, our jobs, and social circles, among many other responsibilities that we have to take on. With the recent pandemic adding to the mix, it’s no wonder that stress levels among South Africans have increased by 56%. This makes self-care even more important, especially since stress can have extreme consequences, including depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Taking a day off once in a while and pampering yourself with spa visits can do wonders in easing stress. Meanwhile, to make your home a perfect place to relieve stress after a long day, you can try aromatherapy by using scented candles. Here are some perfect scented candle combinations for relaxation.

Cedarwood and Vanilla

Imagine walking through a damp forest trail after a light rain, then taking a break in a mountain cabin to keep yourself warm by a fireplace. That is the experience that this scent combination elicits. The scent of cedarwood is known to be soothing, and studies show that it also has sedative effects. As such, it is often used as a base note for scented candles. As cedarwood has a cool scent, it will perfectly go with the warm note of vanilla, which is also proven to increase happiness and relaxation response levels. You can even heighten this experience if you buy woodwick candle, which mimics the sound of a crackling fire, thus creating an ambiance reminiscent of a cozy night by the fireplace.

Lavender and Lemon

If a woodsy scent does not fit your preferences, you can go for candles with floral and fruity notes instead, and one combination that does wonders is lavender and lemon. Lavender has long been known to have calming effects, which is why it is often used in teas, essential oils, and scented candles. Studies show that lavender when used in aromatherapy can reduce anxiety, restlessness, agitation, and depressive symptoms. Mix the floral notes of lavender with the light citrusy notes of lemon, which stress experiments prove to be effective in relieving stress and anxiety, for a totally relaxed mood.

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Cypress and Tangerine

It’s the height of summer, so it’s also the perfect time to try using scents that are reminiscent of a pleasant coastal experience. A combination of cypress and tangerine scents is perfect for this. Cypress offers a slightly woodsy scent, similar to that of cedar or pine, but it also has a sweeter and lighter undertone, giving it a brighter and milder profile. A widely cited 2005 study proved that cypress can reduce anxiety and depression levels. Meanwhile, since cypress has a mild scent, it is perfect to mix with the tropical notes of tangerine, which is slightly stronger but is still not that overwhelming. The scent of tangerine itself, as studies show, has sedative effects, so mixing these two fragrance notes provides a pleasant and relaxing experience.

We can’t always have full-blown spa or vacation getaways, yet stress happens to be a part of our daily lives. By trying these scented candle combinations, you at least ensure that at the end of the day, your home smells good enough for you to relax.

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