The allure of pumpkin and spice

Pumpkin scent is purported to be an aphrodisiac, with the promise of raising testosterone levels in many men.

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SAN DIEGO, September 26, 2017 —Many avid candle lovers anticipate pumpkin-scented candles, signaling the advent of the fall season.

The scent of pumpkin, along with cinnamon, and apple, suggest that fall, Halloween and the winter holidays are just around the corner.

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Few can deny the relief of the long-awaited cooling trend following summertime heat, lending itself nicely to wearing a cozy sweater, relaxing by a blazing fireplace and sipping hot apple cider spiced with a hearty cinnamon stick–ideally shared with a loved one.

In fact, pumpkin scent is purported to be an aphrodisiac, with the promise of raising testosterone levels in many men.

Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago suggests, “Throw away the perfume and get some pumpkin pie.”

Though research studies were not able to determine the reason that the scent of pumpkin is pleasing to so many men, it is thought that “The odors could induce a Pavlovian continued response reminding partners of sexual partners of their favorite foods,” according to foundation researchers, published in Natural News.

Sixteen brands of pumpkin spice candles were rated in the Huffington Post for the quality and strength of their pumpkin scent, as well as their visual appeal, with the following candles listed in order beginning with the top picks:

-Mixture’s Soy Arctic Fill: Pumpkin Spice

-Bath and Body Works: Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

-Yankee Candle’s Pure Radiance: Crackling Ginger Pumpkin

-Anthropologie’s Bistro Candle Tin: Pumpkin Chai Latte

-Bath and Body Works: Pumpkin Sugared Donut

-Glade: Pumpkin Pie Diner

-Yankee Candle’s Pure Radiance: Pumpkin

-Anthropologie’s Boulangerie Jar Candle: Pumpkin Soufflé

-Yankee Candle: Spiced Pumpkin

-Bath and Body Works: Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun

-Yankee Candle: Pumpkin Ginger Bark

-Hillhouse Naturals: Autumn Harvested

-Yankee Candle: Buttercream

-Yankee Candle: Apple Pumpkin

-Diamond Candle: Pumpkin Chai Ring Candle

-Paddywax: Pumpkin Spice Little Happy Candle

Not everyone shares the appreciation of fall’s pumpkin pleasures experienced by many Americans.

Television personality John Oliver cites from the Washington Post that “Americans eat over five pounds of pumpkin per person every year,” intimating that he doesn’t understand what all the excitement is about.

Oliver further quips, “It’s that special time of year where we voluntarily imbibe pumpkin spice lattes, the coffee that tastes like a candle.”

Perhaps the smell of a pumpkin scented candle evokes memories from seasons past of pleasurable experiences like tasting freshly baked pumpkin pie, devouring pumpkin cookies or muffins, or sipping hot pumpkin soup.

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Regardless of the origin of such fond memories, the joy which the sight, taste, and smell that the fall pumpkin evokes are simply undeniable.

So trim the wick of a pumpkin scented candle and set it alight to burn brightly throughout every room of the home this fall.

Enjoy the pleasurable emotions felt when inhaling the spicy, warm scent of a pumpkin scented candle, and share this experience with loved ones all season long, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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Laurie Edwards-Tate
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at; on Facebook at, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare