Aromatherapy and Candles

The sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses, and the influence of fragrance on human behavior and response is well known. Although many consumers associate scented candles with aromatherapy, most fragranced candles are not true "aromatherapy" candles.Aromatherapy calls for creating physiological or therapeutic effects through the use of essential oils extracted from plants and absorbed in the body through massage, ingestion or olfaction. Many scented candles that use essential oils do not contain amounts large enough to produce true aromatherapy effects.Instead, most scented candles create pleasing psychological effects from the ambient aroma of fragrances. This is sometimes known as "aroma-chology," rather than aromatherapy. In any case, the popularity of scented candles continues to grow.