When did you last light a candle? Writing this I realise mine has burnt down too far to light, and it is time to find a new one. It’s been a gloomy grey Winter this year and I seem to need them more than ever.
Candles are a lovely ritual, but one that shouldn’t just be reserved for birthday parties. Candles can change our mood, lift our senses and create atmosphere in our homes.
Here’s five reasons to light a candle:
Humans have an ancient love affair with fire, there is something quite primitive and satisfying about lighting a candle. Even a small fire and flame can light up our inner cave person. Life became easier from the moment humans had fire and we’ve never forgotten that. In fact, it is something to return to when we feel overwhelmed by the modern world. Turning off the electric lights and lighting a candle takes us away from the trappings of modern technology, to simpler ages gone by is a calming ritual.
Candles can help us stay in touch with the seasons, we light them more as the nights fade and winter comes along. Their fragrance too can also be seasonal and help us celebrate the smells we associate with different seasons, from candy floss to spiced pumpkin.
Candles add beautiful fragrance to our homes which can really help to lift our mood. Rosemary has been shown to boost brain power, Lavender calms, the scent of freshly cut grass is even meant to prevent mental decline with age, citrus is a great stress buster, jasmine combats sadness and vanilla relaxes.
Candles are an affordable way to play with atmosphere and lighting. Nothing looks more magical and romantic than a room lit by candles. Candles are brilliant at disguising all the unfinished bits and clutter that overhead lights draw attention to.
Candles are a way to focus on our wishes and hopes, whether that’s in a religious sense or a secular sense. Lighting a candle can be a powerful way to symbolise our thoughts, dreams and hopes and to remind us to keep burning bright!
When do you like to light a candle?
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