August 23, 2022 5 min read

What Does a Terpene Candle Do?

Terpene candles have been laced with terpene and terpene essential oils. Read this article to know more about what terpene, what terpene candles are, and the uses of terpene and

Manufacturers are getting creative, and now there are candles infused with terpene. Terpene is made of conifers. The most common terpene product is turpentine, used as a solvent for thinning oil-based paint. Terpene is a fragrance. As an antiseptic, terpene is added to many sanitary products and has a ' clean scent'. In the past, turpentine was used as an alternative to whale oil. Whale oil is extracted from whales' skin tissues, known as blubber. Turpentine is also present in gin. All the qualities of turpentine are based on the fact that it contains terpene. Read on to know more about a terpene candle.

What Are Terpenes?

 According to Breitmaier (2006), terpenes are aromatic components in various plants such as pine, lavender, and fresh orange peels. Still, they are mostly associated with Cannabis because Cannabis has a high concentration of terpene. Terpene is an ingredient in many essential oils. Essential oils have the basic fragrance of the plant of extraction. Essential oils are used for aromatherapy which is useful in relaxation. Terpenes are also used as flavors in products such as cosmetics and perfume.

The difference between Terpenes and Cannabinoids

Many think terpenes and cannabinoids serve the same purpose, but terpene use may be misunderstood. It is important to note that terpene and cannabinoids are both compounds of cannabis and that terpenes can enhance cannabinoids. The following are the differences between terpenes and cannabinoids;

  • Cannabinoids are large molecules produced by the cannabis plant and a few other plants, while terpenes are small molecules found in various plants.
  • Cannabinoids need a lot of heat to evaporate, while terpenes require low heat.
  • There are over 30,000 types of terpenes, while just over 100 types of cannabinoids.
  • Cannabinoids have psychoactive properties, while the Terpenes are non-psychoactive, meaning they do not alter the mind or mental process.
  • Terpenes can influence the person's mood, but cannabis changes the sensory reception, meaning how we react to the internal and external environment with our senses.

What Are Terpene Candles?

Terpene candles have been laced with terpene and terpene essential oils. Terpenes are known for their aroma. Plants possess different types of scents because they have terpenes. Terpenes are used to make candles because they have a nice aroma. The Terpene aroma activates the body’s receptors when inhaled.

Uses of Terpene Candles

The most common uses of terpene are as follows;

Terpene Candles for Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a healing treatment that uses essential oils to promote our health and well-being. Price & Price (2011) highlighted aromatherapy’s importance in wound care, stress, depression, and critical care. You may also refer to aromatherapy as essential oils therapy since terpene is responsible for most of the scents we naturally inhale in the environment. Terpene candles can be used as air fresheners or in the steam bath for scent and fragrance. The terpene candles may be useful as decongestants and may even provide disinfection. Aromatherapy with terpene candles may stimulate the olfactory system, including the nose, mouth, and brain.

Terpene Candles for Relaxation

Terpene candles can be useful in calming the mind and the body, reducing stress.   The candles are used for meditation. The terpene candles may also be useful when one needs to rest or sleep. According to Murillo (2020), people with insomnia are advised to use scented candles to promote relaxation and calmness, resulting in falling asleep.

Terpene Candles for Fragrance

Terpene candles are perfect if one wants to enhance the aroma or if one wants to mask unpleasant odors. There are a variety of scents available in the market for you to choose the scent that suits you the most. The terpene candles can add a sweet fragrance and bliss in a dull environment.

Terpene Candles for Meditation

Terpene candles support your practice by providing that meditative mood that has candles and provides the relaxation you may need while meditating. When you want to meditate, you must ensure the environment is comfortable, and terpene candles can soothe your mind with the fragrance. The candles bring in the calmness that is perfect for meditation.

For Memory

If there is any nostalgic scent, you may light a candle. Rodriguez (2004) explained that the sense of smell is connected to memory. Some scents may remind us of someone or something from the past, making the scented terpene candles come in handy. Scented candles tend to trigger memories. We may even use them in remembrance of departed loved ones.

Romance

You can make your romance dinner more special with scented and terpene candles that come in the natural scents you may want to try.

For Self- expression

Having a terpene candle allows you to express yourself through the fragrance like you would with perfume and even fashion. If there is a fragrance that you like, make it yours. Let other people also recognize the scent as yours so that whenever they feel it elsewhere, they remember you.

Terpene Candles for Massage

Massages have been described by Vickers et al. (2013) as the therapeutic manipulation of soft tissues. Braun et al.  (2012) stated that massages are important in reducing stress and pain, increasing relaxation, and lowering blood pressure. Mayangsari et al.  (2019) reported that massage could benefit some health conditions, such as fibromyalgia, headaches, and digestive disorders. Some terpene candles can be used as wax. The candle is lit as if it were an ordinary candle, and you use it as a massage. You get to enjoy both the fragrance and the relaxation from the massage.

To Be Laced with Cannabis

Some people may want a terpene candle laced with cannabis. Lacing cannabis candles with terpene is important for those who want to use cannabis and still enjoy the terpene fragrance or mask the cannabis odor.

Conclusion

There may be scary headlines about the dangers of terpene candles, with some claiming that the candles may be harmful or toxic. Terpene candles are laced with terpene, which presents itself as the natural component responsible for the fragrance of most plants. The scent of terpene candles is consistent no matter the heat level, unlike synthetic fragrances, which have undesirable scents when burned. Most consumers tend to be wary of synthetic ingredients because they may be risky. Terpene candles are the best because they are laced with natural fragrance and promote general wellness.

References

Braun, L. A., Stanguts, C., Casanelia, L., Spitzer, O., Paul, E., Vardaxis, N. J., & Rosenfeldt, F. (2012). Massage therapy for cardiac surgery patients—a randomized trial. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 144(6), 1453-1459.

Breitmaier, E. (2006). Terpenes: flavors, fragrances, Pharmaca, pheromones. John Wiley & Sons.

Mayangsari, E. D., Poerwandari, E. K., & Christia, M. (2019, August). Pain management, coping with stress, and quality of life for women with fibromyalgia: a qualitative case study. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intervention and Applied Psychology (ICIAP 2018),(Paris: Atlantis Press). doi (Vol. 10).

Murillo, O. L. (2020). Beyond the Birthday Candles. California State University, Long Beach.

Price, S., & Price, L. (2011). Aromatherapy for health professionals E-book. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Rodriguez-Gil, G. (2004). The powerful sense of smell. California Deaf-Blind Services, 11(2), 1-11.

Vickers, A., Stevensen, C., & Van Toller, S. (2013). Massage and aromatherapy: a guide for health professionals. Springer.