To most people, a smell isn’t just a fragrance, it’s a feeling. You may associate spicy cinnamon and pine scents with the cheery feeling of Christmas. Or you may get a whiff of beachy fragrances and find yourself swept away to utter bliss. If you’ve ever used wax melts infused with essential oils, you may not know it, but you’re actually experiencing the benefits of aromatherapy.
Known for its mood enhancing powers, aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of naturally extracted aromatic essences to promote psychological well-being. Upon being heated, wax melts release fragrance molecules from the essential oils that can have a positive effect on our well being. Read below to see 10 of our favorite aromatherapy wax melts!
#1. When You're in The Office
Who doesn’t love the zingy, fresh, and clean smell of lemon wax melts? Lemon is a timeless, versatile scent found in everything from food flavoring to cleaning supplies. We think lemon is a great aromatherapy wax melt fragrance to melt when you're in the office! A recent study done by Takasago found that those who work with computers made 54% fewer typing errors when the workplace was scented with lemon! This is partly because the “smell” receptors in our noses communicate with parts of our brain that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. Since we associate certain memories and emotions with certain smells, these memories may be “triggered” through the smell, resulting in faster recall time.
#2. When You Need a Pick-Me-Up
We can all relate to that holiday cheer Christmas trees bring around the holidays! But there’s more than one reason these pines are are bringing us joy. In one study done by Japan’s Kyoto University, 498 healthy volunteers were sent on two 15-minute forest strolls once a day. Researchers found that participants who went on a walk through pine forests reported lower depression and stress levels! While most of us don’t have access to pine forests year-round, we may be able to experience a pick-me-up by melting pine or evergreen wax melts from the convenience of our own homes.
#3. When You're Feeling Overwhelmed
Citrus wax melts can encompass a range of orange, grapefruit, and mandarin smells! But did you know most citrus-scented wax melts contain some element of bergamot? Bergamot yields a distinctive citrus fragrance with slight floral and spicy notes. Because of this composition, many wax melt companies will incorporate bergamot essential oils into their citrus wax melts to give them that poignant fruity smell. Several clinical studies have shown promising results with using bergamot essential oils to reduce anxiety and overall stress reduction. Bergamot contains linalool, a powerful volatile compound found in several aromatic plant species. Inhalation of linalool may decrease anxiety, aggression, and aid in building positive social interaction.
#4. When You Need a Little Joy
There’s a reason why vanilla is the most popular candle scent in the world. Some scents may be associated with increased happiness. Vanilla wax melts bring a warm, sweet, comforting, and familiar smell that is sure to soothe the soul! In a recent study published by the International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT) researchers found that taking a whiff of vanilla bean elevated participants’ feelings of joy and relaxation.
#5. When You're Feeling Blue
Lavender wax melts are considered to have a more subtle, familiar floral scent. Depression is one of the greatest health concerns, and the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 10.3 million U.S. adults suffer from depressive episodes annually. Depression may result in changes in appetite, sleep patterns, energy, poor concentration, and fatigue. With rising medical costs coupled with unwanted side effects, more people have been looking for alternative healthcare. This has led to a rise in popularity of aromatherapy, as recent research has found supporting evidence that certain essential oils may be a safe, effective way of combating depressive symptoms. Recent clinical studies point to antidepressive effects of lavender. Their results found that using products with lavender essential oils for aromatherapy 3 minutes a day resulted in superior and quicker improvement of depression symptoms.
#6. When You Need a Study Buddy
Spearmint wax melts deliver a zingy, robust menthol aroma that is sure to invigorate your senses. Research performed by the Neuroscience Department at the University of Northumbria found a distinct difference when comparing the outcomes of using ylang-ylang and spearmint essential oils for aromatherapy. Their research found that peppermint & spearmint aromatherapy enhanced the memory of test subjects, while ylang-ylang impaired the memory of test subjects. So next time you want to reach for that cup of Colombian as an afternoon pick-me-up, skip the crash and indulge in melting spearmint aromatherapy wax melts instead!
Eucalyptus Spearmint Wax Melts
#7. When You've Had a Long Day
A clinical trial published by The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation discovered that the smell of apples had a positive effect on reducing the severity of migraines. They found that the smell of apples may reduce the migraine’s brain-thumping symptoms. Inhalation may be the most direct way to ease a migraine, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain. For treading migraines, we always recommend seeing a medical professional for medical advice. For more mild stress relief you can also try melting an apple wax melt with a full-bodied, orchard or Macintosh scent, to enhance your aromatherapy experience.
#8. When You're Multitasking
Cinnamon wax melt scents yield a hint of clove and spicy warmth, making them a bold seasonal fragrance. This sweet-smelling spice may also sharpen your mind! Research performed by Wheeling Jesuit University found that inhaling cinnamon scents improved participants’ scores on tasks related to attention processes, virtual recognition memory, and motor skill response times. Known for their festive sparkling fragrance, we recommend melting Cinnamon Wax Melts when you're multitasking and have a lot to juggle!
Cinnamon Chai Scented Wax Melts
#9. For the Nights You Toss & Turn
Known as the most exotic and complex scent, there’s an expression in the perfume industry, “No perfume without jasmine.” Known for its exquisite tropical, sensual, and heavenly floral notes, jasmine aromatherapy wax melts are the perfect fragrance to fall asleep to. The Telegraph even reported on a study that found jasmine is as good as Valium at calming the nerves!
#10. When You Need Balance
One study performed by Biological Science Laboratories found that animal test subjects who inhaled cedarwood essential oils had "marked sedative effects." We recommend melting wax melts with cedarwood essential oils when you need to bring more balance to your life.
Rose & Cedarwood Scented Wax Melts