Scented candles can benefit your well-being in many ways (includes video story)

Handmade candles are much more than just light sources. These handcrafted creations have been around for centuries and have evolved from basic lighting instruments to decorative works of art and wellness tools.

One of the most notable benefits of handmade candles is aromatherapy. Many candles are made with essential oils that, when burned, release natural fragrances that can have therapeutic effects on the body and mind. Some examples of popular essential oils include lavender for relaxation, eucalyptus for mental clarity, and lemongrass for repelling insects.

“Natural candles have had multiple benefits for me because they make me feel relaxed and very good,” said Karina Heredia.

According to the American Candle Association, U.S. retail sales of candle products equal about $3.14 billion annually and require approximately a billion pounds of wax. About 10,000 different scents are available.

The colors and fragrances of handmade candles can have a significant impact on our mood. For example, candles in warm colors, like orange and yellow, can lift your mood and increase energy, while cool-colored candles, like blue and green, can have a calming and relaxing effect.

Abdul Djabbour is a Digital Communications Media and Journalism with a Social Media and E-Marketing minor student at Florida International University. He has a passion for the media, he’s a writer for PantherNow and he would like to be a TV anchor or reporter to inform and give a voice to his community.