Aromatherapy Associates is my favourite aromatherapy range. I was such a sceptic about the power of aromatherapy until I discovered this range. I am still very wary of ranges that claim aromatherapy benefits because I believe that any benefits come from careful blends, rather than the addition of any old oils. I’m less convinced by candles than I am by bath oils, for example. The action of getting into a warm bath, the very peace and tranquility of it, goes a long way, I suspect, to the success of these oils. However, I’ve been a long term user of AA bath oils, so a candle is a lovely addition to what I’m already doing.
As far as the scent goes, it’s a ‘spa scent’, so you can convert your sitting room, kitchen or bathroom (or wherever) into the olfactory equivalent of a day spa. Which is kind of odd if you’re trying to watch Eastenders, but absolutely lovely if you’ve got the bathroom to yourself for half an hour. The main oils in the candle are Frankinsense (to focus the mind and calm thoughts) and Cardamom, to fortify physical strength. I have no idea how any scent can literally fortify physical strength so I have to suspend my belief there, but scents can calm you down, I think. My brain never stops thinking (don’t worry, it’s mostly nonsense!) and it really does take a huge effort to really try and still it – something like a beautiful scent, a hot bath and tactile oils are genuinely a part of that, so as a beautiful accompaniment to peace of mind, I would recommend the Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Candle. Equally, bearing in mind that it’s £35, I think any smell that feels good to you is a fine accessory to peacefulness and comfort and it’s more about the mindfulness of recognising it as a trigger relaxing scent that is the power.
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