August 23, 2022 4 min read

HOW DO TERPENE CANDLES WORK?

Terpene candles are very important to the human body. These benefits include; relieving stress, anxiety, and depression, providing one with enough sleep during the aromatherapy session, and relieving pain. So, do terpene candles work? Herein is everything you need to know.

Terpenes are the fragrance or scents that are found in flowers and plants. They are more concentrated on cannabis plants. Each plant has a combined mixture of several terpenes responsible for the unique smell. Most spas have adopted terpene candles because of their aroma and the calm and relaxing feeling it gives the body and mind. The terpene candles are used in different ways. They work in different ways. Some are used during the aromatherapy session, others are used for the relaxation and calming effect, and others to relieve stress. To know how the terpene candles work, you need to know the benefits they have on the body and the safety measures to take while using them.

Benefits Of Terpenes

Aromatherapy

If you are a fan of aromatherapy or practice it, you may be very familiar with the terpenes. This is because some are used with diffusers, body oils or creams, facial steamers, bath salts, and inhalers. However, you can always try different and natural ways to infuse and use terpene for aromatherapy. One of the easiest ways to enjoy terpenes is by using them with candles.

Lavabre (1996) suggested that terpene candles are unique since they help make one calm and peaceful. Unlike the essential diffuser oil, the candle wax can be infused with terpenes to promote and enhance stronger and greater aromas for long-lasting effects.

Relieves Stress

According to Evans (2020), terpenes candles play a vital role in relieving stress, anxiety, and depression and ensuring one has a calm mind and body. Most are the times when we come home tired after a long day at work. They offer a therapeutic effect on the human mind and make one unwind and have some calm time. The body becomes receptive to the aroma of the terpene candles, making them calm and relaxed.

Making One Have Enough Sleep

Most are the times that we get home from a long journey or are tired and would wish to come home and get some sleep. Terpenes are great when it comes to giving out the sleeping effect. Ali et al. (2015) noted that lavender terpene is the one that is responsible for giving out the sleeping effect. However, not all terpene candles are responsible or can give you the sleeping effect. The most common one with this effect is lavender. Some terpene candles created from the citrus aroma can make one stay awake and alert the whole day or night, depending on the time you have used it. So if you plan on getting some sleep, the best terpene candle that can be relied upon in this case will be made from the lavender scent.

Creating a lovely ambiance for meditation

According to Kurn & Shook (2016), terpene candles are a great and common feature for giving one a great and wonderful ambiance for meditation. The body is always receptive to the aroma and scent that fills the room. Sometimes, one needs to have some alone time and meditate alone. The scent that fills the air when the terpene candle is lit is always great and makes one enjoy the moment that they are in. the terpene candle works by creating an atmosphere of intense and great aromas by filling the air with the smell, thereby giving one a calm and relaxing effect. This will make you unwind on the day and get the peace and calm from the terpene candles while meditating. 

Terpene Safety

Terpenes are very much concentrated, and a lot of care must be taken when handling or using them.

Avoid Contact with The Eyes and Skin

The eyes and the skin are the most sensitive parts of the body. They should not be in contact with the terpenes. When dealing with terpene candles, you should wear gloves or other personal protective equipment such as glasses for eye protection. You can as well put on a mask. If the terpene candles come into contact with the eyes, rinse the eyes with warm water or consult a doctor or professional healthcare if necessary.

Avoid Ingestion or Inhalation of Mist of Vapor

Make sure not to ingest or inhale the terpene candles before diluting them. Be sure to use the terpenes in a well-ventilated area or room. Personal protective equipment such as face masks or glasses can be worn to protect yourself from unintended ingestion and inhalation.

Keep Away from Any Source of Ignition

You should always take measures to avoid the build-up of electrostatic charge. Terpenes are very much flammable and can cause ignition. They should not be used in areas that flammable and likely to cause an ignition. They should not be used near naked flames.

Wash Your Hands Thoroughly After Using the Terpene Candles

There is the possibility of the terpene candles causing irritation and reacting on your skin. Ingestion of the concentrated terpenes can be dangerous and as well poisonous. If you get a reaction to these candles, you must stop the use and seek medical or professional healthcare. 

Conclusion

Terpene candles play different roles in the human body. They are vital in the promotion of physical and emotional health. Terpene candles used in aromatherapy are important in dealing with pain, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, treating headaches and migraines, fighting bacteria, reducing and easing inflammation that causes pain in the human body, and improving digestion. Most people with spas or the ones that are into aromatherapy are the ones that have benefitted a lot from the terpene candles. They have made terpene candles a common feature in their parlors used during massage therapy to help calm the body and mind.   

References

Ali, B., Al-Wabel, N. A., Shams, S., Ahamad, A., Khan, S. A., & Anwar, F. (2015). Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 5(8), 601-611.

Evans, J. (2020). The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol. Fair Winds Press.

Lavabre, M. (1996). Aromatherapy workbook. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

Kurn, S. J., & Shook, S. (2016). Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders: Treatment Strategies for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, and Seizures. Simon and Schuster.