Using Aromatherapy Burners to Scent And Decorate Your Home

A pleasant smell does not only have a major influence on the atmosphere in your home but it also makes it appear more aesthetically appealing. Unfortunately, most homes do not smell good “naturally”. Fumes emitted by various items and activities such as cooking may create an unpleasant odour which cannot always be removed with frequent ventilation.

Most people use commercial air fresheners to scent their homes. They leave a pleasant smell which, however, is a mixture of potentially hazardous chemicals. The research has shown that commercial air fresheners are made almost exclusively from chemicals which can be harmful to human health because they can irritate the airways or cause headaches, while some of the ingredients have even been identified as carcinogenic substances. In addition to having a dubious effect on human health, commercial air fresheners often leave a too strong smell which can be highly unpleasant and create an impression that you are trying to mask poor air quality.

Not all commercial air fresheners are harmful and many create a very pleasant scent but if you would like to scent your home and avoid exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals, you should consider using aromatherapy burners. They are used with essential oils which form the basis of the so-called aromatherapy, a type of alternative medicine that uses essential oils to treat health problems mostly minor ones and those of physiological nature.

Health benefits of aromatherapy are not scientifically proven, however, the scientific studies have shown that the use of essential oils with aromatherapy burners is safe. But it should be avoided by pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as epilepsy as certain scents can trigger epileptic attacks, while pregnant women may experience worsening of the so-called morning sickness due to increased sense of smell which is related to pregnancy-induced hormonal changes. The scent emitted by essential oils is also safe for children but those who younger than 5 years of age should not be exposed to it for prolonged periods of time.

In addition to scenting your home naturally and safely, aromatherapy burners also have a highly decorative effect especially those that are handmade. Mass produced burners can look beautiful as well but in comparison to the handmade ones, they are kind of soulless. Handmade items reflect a unique character which gives a home an additional charm and a sense of warmth which creates a relaxing atmosphere. In addition, every handmade aromatherapy burner is unique because it is impossible to make two identical burners by hand.

Please follow the standard fire safety measures when using aromatherapy burners. They are extremely safe and do not pose a risk of fire but you are highly recommended to use them with great care just like any other object which involves the use of open fire. Use it on a flat, heat-resistant surface and make sure that no flammable objects are nearby. Never leave it unattended and make sure that the water in the oil holder does not evaporate while the candle is still burning. Also, keep in mind that essential oils are flammable and that they must not be burned without water.

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Candles have been an important part of human society for thousands of years. Originally, the only way to possibly see once the sun went down, was from either torches, fires, or candlelight. Torches were not safe indoors, and walking from room to room carrying a portable fireplace with you was not practical or possible. Therefore, candles lit the way. Everything was done by candlelight once the sun set, from carrying out one’s chores, reading, sewing, or even signing the Constitution of the United States.

Candles also had a useful purpose in early China. There, they actually invented a type of calibrated candle called a “candle clock” that was used for keeping time. Weights were inserted into the candle at precise locations, and when the wax melted to a certain level, the weights dropped into a container below and made a noise. Imagine what it would be like to have a candle alarm clock to wake up by (don’t try to hit the snooze button), or to try to time your bread in the stove based on a candle clock?

Originally, candles were not made using the high quality of wax that we have today. Instead, they were made from whale fat in China. Later, Japan learned how to extract wax from squirrels (don’t ask me how). In the Middle Ages, candles were frequently made from the fat of various animals, such as cows and sheep. The smell from manufacturing these types of candles, however, was so horrendous that several cities banned the manufacturing process. Instead, candles were soon made from beeswax, which had a less unpleasant odor. In 1850 paraffin became available commercially, and soon all candles were made from a type of paraffin.

Those who made candles and experimented with various types of materials were called chandlers (from which we get the word today “chandelier”). From the earliest of times, candle makers added scents and fragrances to produce the best scented candles. It started in China with the ‘time clocks”. Incense sticks were often inserted into the wax to add a wonderful aroma. In fact, sometimes the incense was added at particular intervals so that the change in fragrance, rather than the dropping of weights, indicated the change in time. Later, India also discovered the aromatic benefits of using a wax made from boiled cinnamon for their candles. Unlike the use of animal fat, which smelled horrendously during the manufacturing process, the use of cinnamon provided a relaxing and fragrant aroma.

In addition to experimenting with scented candles, some ingenious candle makers also attempted to create a smokeless candle. They understood what such an invention would mean….no more wick means no more flame! No doubt fires starting from candles were a fairly common. Thomas Payne was one such individual. In the late 1700’s he attempted to invent a smokeless candle, but was not able to do so. Benjamin Franklin also started off as a candle maker before he began his political career, and experimented with various types of materials and methods for candle making. However, it would be centuries later before such technology would be pioneered and wickless candles would be available wide spread.

One reason for the delay of scented and wickless candles is because candles were put on the back burner once kerosene lamps were invented. Then, candles almost became completely extinct upon the invention of the light bulb later at the end of the nineteenth century.

However, in the 1980’s and especially in the 1990’s, the rebirth of the popularity of candles became an international phenomenon. This was due partly to their decorative value, but also to their ability to allow the stressed out, modern, over-worked homeowner an opportunity to create a relaxing environment using the aromatherapy of scented candles. At the same time, awareness over air quality and health conditions such as asthma and allergies led to the exploration for a more safe and healthy, environmentally friendly scented candle. Once again, the search for a flameless candle began, and once again, scent, or fragrance, became very important.

Armed with the modern electrical age, the invention of a flameless scented candle became possible. Scentsy is generally credited as the company that invented wickless scented candles in the year 2004 and satisfied the need in the market for a healthy, safe, environmentally clean and fragrant candle that burns a high quality wax without a flame. Instead, a low voltage light bulb uses a decorative selection of ceramic warmers to heat a scented wax bar with a very long life. Scented wax bars can be mixed and matched to create custom scents. This allows each customer to be their own “chandler”, or “candle maker” as they personalize their own candle and candle warmer to suit their individual taste.

Yes, candles have come a long way over the last thousands of years of human history. From burning whale blubber and holding your breath just so you avoid the offensive smell of the candle, to today when people actually buy a scented candle for the main purpose of the wonderful smell it emits, we can all be thankful for the age of enlightenment!