Staying Lit

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 4 2021
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Mankind has been using candles for centuries. At first, candles were one of our few sources of light, but that has changed after we harnessed electricity and the lightbulb was invented. In modern days, the purpose of candles has changed drastically. Even so, the use of candles has not died just yet. People still purchase candles and candle makers continue to stay in business. 

Look around in the house and I’m pretty sure you might have a few spare candles lying around in case of emergencies. But that’s not the only reason why people still use candles and keep them in the home. Even with electric lighting, life truly wouldn’t be the same without a candle in our lives. Don’t believe me? Well, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t overlook the importance of having some candles in your home. 

In case of emergency 

Just because we have electric lighting doesn’t mean that we aren’t in need of having some candles ready to be used in an emergency. Be it a flood, a tsunami, an earthquake or even a hurricane, one of the first things that will happen as a result of a natural disaster is public infrastructure shutting down, often for safety reasons and in other times, because of damage caused by the disaster. 

With no electricity, you’ll be in the dark without some backup source of light. You might have a rechargeable light source, but in case of any failure in electronics, it’s important to have the old-school option ready as well. So make sure you have a few candles at hand in case of a rainy day. You never know when you need it until you do.

 To celebrate 

Be it a birthday cake, or an anniversary dinner, nothing sets up a special occasion like the warm glob of candlelight. They are a great way to mark an occasion and set up a calm, relaxed ambiance. It’s funny how the warm flickering of a flame can affect us as such, but it’s true. Sometimes, it’s worth turning down the lights and letting the soft flame light up the occasion. 

For décor 

Need something to spice up your room? Candles and candlesticks are great options to help add character to any indoor space, with or without having to light them. Modern candles come in various colours, shapes, and sizes. Be it in a bathroom, a bedroom or even in the living room, it’s a great way to fill in any empty spaces to add that extra spice to your home décor.

 A great gift option 

Don’t know what to get for a gift? A scented candle is one of the safest gift options out there. Not everyone might expressly seek after candles, but everyone can appreciate being gifted one, especially if it’s in their favourite scent. 

Aromatherapy 

Everyone needs to relax from all that’s going on in the world. Having a few lit candles in a warm, cosy atmosphere is a great way to set up a moment of relaxation wherever it may be. You could enhance the experience with some aromatherapy, using a variety of scented candles which are known to help people relax. 

Scents such as lavender, vanilla, jasmine and sandalwood all give off different vibes and experiences that you can light up depending on your preference, either to help soothe you after a stressful day, creating a calming atmosphere for you to enjoy. 

Of course, there might be a few other benefits to having some candles in your home that we did not discuss, but that’s for you to discover on your own. Hopefully, you’re convinced and are now willing to give it a try. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 4 2021

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