How scented candles reduce anxiety

Woman relaxing in bath with candles


Scented candles have been used in a variety of rituals for centuries to promote healing, enhance meditation, and cleanse energies.

Their gentle, hypnotic light makes them an ideal addition to any relaxation routine. Scented candles contain essential oils, some of which may help with stress and anxiety. Candle scents can help you chill out and unwind with their relaxing aromas.

Our sense of smell is extremely powerful and should not be undervalued. The aroma of the scented candle stimulates the part of your brain associated with memory and mood. The healing properties of a lit scented candle can deliver psychological effects ranging from boosting energy to relieving stress and even improving mental clarity. As a result, using candles in talking therapy can even open the royal road of the unconscious.


According to a study conducted by Keville and Green (2009), the use of scented candles and oils can improve psychological well-being imbalances such as depression. Certain scented candles can help reduce feelings of fear and anxiety while also reducing stress and elevating mood.

Candles for anxiety

If you're feeling stressed, select candles with rose, lemon, orange, lavender, sandalwood, vanilla, or honeysuckle. Frankincense, clary sage, chamomile, and sandalwood are also recommended for helping to alleviate mild symptoms of  anxiety and depression.

  • 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 great stress relief
  • sandalwood - relaxes and calms body and mind
  • vanilla - increases happiness levels, uplifts your mood and stimulates feelings of relaxation and joy

Some commonly used scented candles to combat anxiety are;


Lavender Scented Candles

Lavender, perhaps the most well-known scent in essential oil aromatherapy, is known for its stress-relieving properties.

If you want to relax after a long, demanding, and hectic day, light a lavender scented candle, take off your shoes, prop up your feet, and listen to some low soothing music. You'll be on your way to relaxation in no time.Lavender is used in aromatherapy to treat migraines and other types of headaches. It is also used to help insomniacs sleep better by having calming and relaxing properties.Lavender has been shown in studies to help improve neurological disorders, and deals with anxiety.

 Citrus Aromas

Citrus scents, such as lemon or orange, can instantly clear the fog from your mind and relieve tension that has accumulated throughout the day.

Citrus scents can brighten your day by filling your home with the aroma of sunshine. When you smell a fresh citrus scent, you can't help but feel less stressed.



Peppermint Candle

The crisp, fresh scent of peppermint can't help but lift your spirits. Its benefits were recognized by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.

They used it to treat mental health issues, particularly those suffering from anxiety and depression.The peppermint scent instantly lifts your spirits. Peppermint is known as a mood enhancer that can help you think more clearly.


My advice to those looking to improve their sense of calm is to try one of the following:


Daily meditation, enhancing your space with candlelight, spritzing your favorite relaxation scent, and winding down with a good book incorporating candlelight with a relaxed exercise routine such as mindfulness, tai chi, or yoga

Why don't you give it a shot? After a long and stressful day, de-stress by lighting an aromatherapy candle and allowing its scent to transport you to a relaxing place where you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day.