Candles = Brain Power???

  1. I don't know if anyone else has heard this or not, but supposedly certain scents of Colonial Candles help aid the brain in learning new information. "Harbor Mist" works on the RA-system of the brain and "Rainwater" helps you utilize parts of the brain that are normally inactive during learning. I'm wondering if this works with other scents/brands, too. Anyone have a clue or know anything about this??? I figured we could all use a little bit of help when studying! I bought "Harbor Mist" last night and have a Psych test tomorrow, so we'll see how it works!
    Last edit by kahumai on Feb 9, '05
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  3. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Some scents can help you concentrate; look into aromatherapy sites if you are really interested.

    I use a lavender scented candle (I don't burn it, just open it) when I do hypnotherapy as lavender can be an aid to retaining information.
  4. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Let us know, I'm all for trying anything to get better grades.


    Kris

    Quote from BSNin05
    I don't know if anyone else has heard this or not, but supposedly certain scents of Colonial Candles help aid the brain in learning new information. "Harbor Mist" works on the RAS-system of the brain and "Rainwater" helps you utilize parts of the brain that are normally inactive during learning. I'm wondering if this works with other scents/brands, too. Anyone have a clue or know anything about this??? I fugured we could all use a little bit of help when studying! I bought "Harbor Mist" last night and have a Psych test tomorrow, so we'll see how it works!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    vanilla both sooths and stimulates me.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    In that case, i'll take a truckload of the Rainwater scent.
  7. by   RedSox33RN
    I hope that applies to Yankee Candles! I really need to buy stock in that company - well, I guess I already have with the number of them in my house!! LOL

    I love lavendar also. Have many of those since they're supposed to be great for headaches.
  8. by   targa
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    Some scents can help you concentrate; look into aromatherapy sites if you are really interested.

    I use a lavender scented candle (I don't burn it, just open it) when I do hypnotherapy as lavender can be an aid to retaining information.
    You're joking, right?!? I mean... as someone who most likely believes in the scientific method, you don't REALLY think that "aromatherapy" has the ability to affect cognitive skills (other than grossing you out so that you can't study) ?
    http://www.contumacy.org/7Nursing.html
    http://skepdic.com/aroma.html

    Take two Brahms concerti and call me in the morning... because I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.
  9. by   crb613
    Quote from targa
    You're joking, right?!? I mean... as someone who most likely believes in the scientific method, you don't REALLY think that "aromatherapy" has the ability to affect cognitive skills (other than grossing you out so that you can't study) ?
    http://www.contumacy.org/7Nursing.html
    http://skepdic.com/aroma.html

    Take two Brahms concerti and call me in the morning... because I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.
    Please don't hold back tell us what you really think! Geewhiz
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from targa
    You're joking, right?!? I mean... as someone who most likely believes in the scientific method, you don't REALLY think that "aromatherapy" has the ability to affect cognitive skills (other than grossing you out so that you can't study) ?
    http://www.contumacy.org/7Nursing.html
    http://skepdic.com/aroma.html

    Take two Brahms concerti and call me in the morning... because I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.
    :redlight:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. by   kahumai
    Quote from targa
    You're joking, right?!? I mean... as someone who most likely believes in the scientific method, you don't REALLY think that "aromatherapy" has the ability to affect cognitive skills (other than grossing you out so that you can't study) ?
    I'm just trying to see if certain aromatherapy scents will help with studying, that's all. But I'm confused on what you mean by "grossing you out," because so far, my candle smells REALLY good.
  12. by   abundantjoy07
    I just think scents are soothing. I don't believe that they boost brain power. Maybe in some people the soothing stimulates the brain...but for me, it's just soothing and nice.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Right now, i have hazelnut candles, on a CandleWarmer, in the kitchen and living room. I have a White Tea and Ginger one in the bedroom. I love the smell when i come through the door after a long shift. IT IS very relaxing.
  14. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Quote from targa
    You're joking, right?!? I mean... as someone who most likely believes in the scientific method, you don't REALLY think that "aromatherapy" has the ability to affect cognitive skills (other than grossing you out so that you can't study) ?
    http://www.contumacy.org/7Nursing.html
    http://skepdic.com/aroma.html

    Take two Brahms concerti and call me in the morning... because I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.
    Aromatherapy is a nice adjunct to my hypnotherapy practice. It's not going to make anyone Einstein but it does make my patients more alert when they're under.

    And if you don't think hypnotherapy works, please look at what it's done for IBS. The study by Olaf Palsson was very well designed.

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