“All I Want” for Christmas...
“The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odour around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one centre after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection.” – Lewis Thomas
The magic of candles was discovered thousands of years ago by ancient cultures as light in their homes, or to celebrate their religious ceremonies or to help light the journey for night travellers. The first candles are thought to have been made by Egyptians, the Romans and then the Chinese. They sourced their wax in different ways. The Japanese used wax from tree nuts, and the Indians used fruit from the cinnamon tree.
This tradition of making candles continued through history. Candles became an essential item for each community. It allowed people to extend their day, while also being and an integral part of their cultural rituals.
Today’s candles are still used for natural illumination, but the main use of candles is for special occasions, family celebrations, spiritual rituals, festive decoration and to create warm atmospheres using scented candles for our mind and body.
How many of us remember a particular fragrance from a special event in our life? A celebration which used scented candles that left an indelible mark on our memories. A birthday party, christenings or a special church service, a romantic dinner, Mum dressed up wearing a special scent or a wedding table candle.
Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful of our senses and it has been shown that aromas can affect us emotionally in different ways. It can excite us, and it can soothe us. The way aroma affects our mind and our body is known as aromatherapy, first used by the ancient Egyptians.
A fragrance can trigger a pleasant memory, and it can have a positive effect on our mental state. Physically when the molecules of a fragrance enter the nose, it sends a signal to the brain through the nervous system to calm the body. It has been shown that certain fragrances can be therapeutic in the maintenance of pulse rate, and blood pressure. There are many different scents evoking many different effects.
There are so many wonderful scents to discover, each with different effects on the mind and body. Everyone will be affected in different ways and so the journey is all about finding what works positively for you.
Below are 8 of natural scents and how these scents individually can affect us:
Pine is extracted from pine needles, the scent of Pine is known for having a fresh, uplifting, clarifying and invigorating effect, clearing the mind of stress, energising the body to reduce fatigue.
Nutmeg is a spice and it’s a warm, sweet and woody aroma. It blends beautifully with other scents such as floral, citrus and wood. It is a stimulating scent helpful in supporting motivation and focus.
Cinnamon, apart from its culinary prowess, can be used as a stimulant. Its aroma can help you concentrate and boost cognitive functioning and memory. It can ease tense muscles and relieve joint pains.
The wonderful scent of Summer berries is fresh and spicy and has a calming and grounding effect.
The scent of Pomegranate is a fruity scent and will help calm and ease emotional and mental stress. It will also help you think up positive thoughts. These scents are great for holistic wellbeing.
Rosemary and Mint are used to calm or invigorate, increase concentration and improve your mood. It can relieve stress, lessen mental fatigue and can rejuvenate your senses and make your brain more active. Mint also has a cooling and calming effect and can relieve sore muscles and inflammation.
Eucalyptus has a distinctive aroma which is cooling and is stimulating. It has also been shown to have powerful benefits for respiratory issues.
Oscar Amherst has just launched their first ever candle called “All I Want” which is a wonderful Christmas Gift candle. Being a Christmas pine candle with its fresh fragrance, it is a great way to start your aromatic journey of discovery. All the natural scents listed above are combined into this beautiful scent which was created in Australia and which pays homage to an Australian Christmas with pine and all the other scents with their aromatic properties which are blended for calming, relaxing, clarifying and stimulating effects which contribute to holistic wellbeing.
The Oscar Amherst Christmas candles are hand crafted in limited quantities in Australia with all-natural ingredients. Made with soy wax, 2 cotton wicks and poured into a glass vessel, every element including the packaging is recyclable. The unique design on the vessel has been inspired by the green and yellow Australian Banksias and celebratory fireworks.
So much has gone into making this truly magical Christmas scented candle, they are indeed the perfect luxury gift or the right addition to your Christmas home and table.
Browse our Scented Christmas candle today and get on top of your shopping. www.oscaramherst.com