Think of a time a scent has triggered a strong memory of something… taken you vividly back to a time or place, a loved one or a long forgotten memory.
One of the tools I talk through with my clients with anxiety or depression is to build their safe space. We talk about finding somewhere they can go in their mind or a special place in their house and to fill it with all the sights, sounds and smells that calm them.
It goes like this - if someone’s calm place is being around trees we think through how they can escape to their safe space: it can have pictures of forests, we find a soundscape of woodland birds and we think of a candle which would evoke a woodland walk (Escape).
Anchoring their emotions to a fragrance means that whenever they light their safe candle they trigger feelings of relaxation and safety.
This is because the sense of smell is linked to some of the oldest and deepest parts of the brain.
Plants and their essential oils have been used for all human history for healing our minds, bodies and spirits.
So how does it work?
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviours, sense of smell and long-term memory.
Interestingly, the limbic system is an area of our brain that is heavily involved in forming memories. This can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions.
The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Plant essential oils have been shown to help psychological and physical disorders such as headaches, pain, insomnia, eczema, stress-induced anxiety, depression and digestive problems .
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain their natural, concentrated essence and fragrance.
At M+E, we believe wellbeing starts with the little moments…a permission to pause.
The candle that creates a calm zone and less stress in your life.
Our fragrances are 100% pure and natural with true wellbeing benefits: to help you sleep better, stress less, boost your energy or lift your mood.
Surround your senses with a rose garden.
This candle is perfect to relax and re-balance. It is a soft but potent, warm green scent. Like walking around a rose garden on a summer’s evening with top notes of old rose and myrrh with mid notes of citrus, lemongrass, almond blossom, cucumber, lemon zest, herbaceous and a hint of amber and clove.
Wandering through the abundance of an herbaceous border in an English County Garden on a mid-summer evening.
"Flowers are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
Re-live the joyful feelings of summer.
A refreshing and uplifting blend of sweet, summery floral fragrances. It has spicy balsamic-floral notes with jasmine, blended with the sweet orange, and lively, sparkling bitter-sweet citrus notes of the fresh, tropical pink grapefruit giving the feeling of energy and elegance.
Happy memories of laughing together walking in a glorious, tropical garden.
"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
Breathe in the aromas of a botanical garden.
This fragrance is inspired by the Ventnor Botanical Gardens recreating the apothecary aroma of herbs and summer leaves. It has clean, evergreen and verdant with minty top notes combined with sweet, woody and buttery undertones.
You’ve escaped to the woodland of Provence lying on the warm ground, looking up to the sky with fir trees and crushed wild herbs filling your senses.
"For me, I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers and the sky"
Bring a little sunshine to your day
This sunshine fragrance is inspired by Mediterranean citrus groves recreating the crisp, fresh invigorating lemon-citrus and grassy aromas with a sweet, ginger and spicy undertone.
That clear, soft warmth of the early morning sunshine in late spring, scented with lemon blossom, on Santorini.
"I come here as a salve against heat,
come to languish,
to let the soft bursts -
essence of citrus, summers’s distillate -
drift into my face and settle"
Marsha De La O
All our candles are made by hand locally in small batches with 100% natural, vegan soybeans, pure essential oils, natural cotton wicks and a lot of love!
These therapeutic candles are then poured into reusable and recyclable glass jars and are free from lead, paraffin and all other toxic chemicals.
They are kind to the environment and kind to you.
They have approximately 30 hours clean burn time.
Therapeutic. Sustainable. Plant-based
A gift of wellbeing and happiness.
Sent straight to your door.
"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness"
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me?"