I have had my sister and her eldest visiting over the weekend, and as she lives so far away and we wont be seeing each other over Christmas; we summoned up some early festive atmosphere by using my cinnamon and clove scented wax melts. Ahh…, it sure did the trick…; there was Christmas right there! Smells are amazing for triggering memories and emotion.
“The capacities for both smell and emotion are rooted in the same network of brain structures, the limbic system. The olfactory (smell) centre also interacts directly with the hippocampus, a brain area involved in the formation of new memories. None of our other senses have this kind of deep access” (Rachel Hertz – author of ‘The scent of desire’).
What I love about natural beeswax melts though is that as well as bringing all that warm festive feeling and emotion into the room; they don’t bring any unwanted visitors in the form of carcinogens and toxins along with them. An additional benefit is that they are scented with natural essential oils, not only do they provide the gorgeous memory provoking scents of Christmas; but also the aromatherapy benefits of the oils used.
Essential oils are the pure natural oil extracted from the plant and contains the ‘essence’ of its characteristic fragrance. Oils are generally extracted by distillation or other processes such as cold pressing.
So whilst we were enjoying the gorgeous warm aroma of cinnamon and clove, we were also benefitting from the natural therapeutic benefits of these oils.
One of the key benefits of this spicy essential oil is in its toning and calming effect on the respiratory tract, the nervous system, and in the easing of colds and influenza as well as period pains. It provides great value in fighting exhaustion and feelings of depression or weakness. It also has powerful anti rheumatic properties, so helpful with arthritis. useful in the digestive system whilst fighting colds and flu as well.
Clove bud oil:
Clove oil is a multifunctional oil and can be used for acne, bruises, burns and cuts, keeping infection at bay and as a pain reliever. It helps with toothache, mouth sores, rheumatism and arthritis. It is beneficial to the digestive system, effective against vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, spasms and parasites, as well as bad breath. Clove oil is valuable for relieving respiratory problems, like bronchitis and asthma. The disinfectant properties are useful in the cases of infectious diseases.
Although not intentional, these were actually a perfect choice this weekend as my youngest has been struggling with a horrible cold over the weekend. So a gorgeous aroma that can also help with the symptoms and spread of illness was a welcome by product of these festive treats.