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Aromatherapy can be acheived from the calming scents when there is stress. The candles work by targeting scent receptors in the brain. When you breathe in the scent, the molecules in the scent traverse through your nose. This in turn, triggers the parts of brain that are responsible for calming you down
Scented candles release their fragrance when lit - depending on the fragrance in the candle, you can get different aromatherapeutic effects from different fragrances.
Alternatively, you can use an essential oil diffuser with a candle. The heat of the diffuser heats the oil and water mixture in a cup above the flame. As the water evaporates it carries the oil into the air to be breathed in as an aromatherapy treatment.
There are also plug in versions of the same idea, which eliminates the need for a candle. This is ideal for people who use aromatherapy to help them sleep since having a lit candle while asleep is dangerous. It is also great for hospital and dorm rooms, where open flames are not allowed.