The earliest use of wicked candles is often attributed to the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Romans. Other early civilisations developed wicked candles using waxes from plants and insects. In Japan, candles were made of wax extracted from tree nuts, while in India, candle wax was made by boiling the fruit of the cinnamon tree.
Candles have often symbolised festive celebrations. They were used during ancient Winter Solstice ceremonies to remember that spring would soon come, and today, many spiritual festivals around the world, including Carols by Candlelight Services, centre on the lighting of candles, ushering in faith, hope, and love.
When shopping for loved ones this year, consider therefore, that candles make wonderful gifts; for home décor, candlelight dinners, relaxing warm baths or to set the mood for a festive party, there are many ways to use candles in the home, and with such an array to choose from, selecting the perfect candle promises to be an enjoyable experience.
Scented tea lights and taper candles are among the most luxurious items you’ll find. Available in many shapes, sizes, colours and fragrances, their elegance and beauty can brighten your world and enhance your mood, adding that touch of light and magic to your home. Their lovely aromas will delight the senses, from the uplifting, purifying lemongrass and bergamot, to the calming, relaxing lavender and patchouli. Whether scented or plain, their mystical glow and soothing scents are a welcome source of comfort and warmth.
Some safety tips:
Practice mindfulness when lighting candles. Be conscious that a burning candle is a potential fire hazard, and have a holder to contain it. Ensure the candle is placed in the holder on a fire resistant surface, out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended or near to flammable objects.
National Candle Association
by Monica F. Smith