Most of the nation has been gripped in a heat wave for the last couple of weeks. With temperatures in the upper 90’s and heat index’s over 100 – well it’s no secret that most of us would prefer to stay indoors out of the heat! So we find ourselves faced with a problem that we see during a cold winter – Cabin Fever. Yuk!
So since it looks like we are going to be stuck in this weather pattern for a while, I thought I would list a few things you could use scented candles for as a coping strategy.
The first thing I would recommend is a good scented candle. What do I mean by good – I would get an all natural soy candle
. The reason is simple – they are clean burning. Soy candles don’t produce all that black soot that a paraffin wax (think petroleum) candle does. So your first step is to keep that indoor air as clean as possible.
The next thing you want to do is consider the scent you want to burn. This is where you will have many options. What issues do you want to address? For example: are you tired of smelling last night’s dinner? Choose a candle with a citrus fragrance – this help fight food odors giving you a fresh scent. Some other good fragrances for fresh air feeling are clean cotton, fresh mint, and lemon lavender. Maybe you want a more tropical feeling in your home. I would recommend coconut, lime, citrus, gardenia, and melon. Food and drink scents are always popular, and smell terrific; however they sometimes can make you feel a little hungry. I like the summer fruit scents the best like: strawberry, watermelon, peach, and especially pink grapefruit. (I still love my chocolate and coffee scented candles – but that’s me!)
Another option to consider is Aromatherapy Candles. Aromatherapy works by using certain scents to influence the brain to release endorphins that affect your mood and to some extent you physical well-being. So if the stress level in your house seems a little high try these scents: bergamot, chamomile, rosemary, and ylang ylang. Maybe you’re feeling sluggish? Try basil, peppermint, eucalyptus, or sandalwood. Or maybe you’ve got summertime cold – the following scents can provide relief: basil, eucalyptus, lavender, or orange.
I hope this helps and I hope this heat wave ends soon so we can go back to enjoying the great outdoors!