How to Make Aromatherapy Candles - It is Easier Than You Think
I just love candles, don't you? There is something about candles that you can't get enough of. They are a great way to add freshness to your home and provide a calm environment. And aromatherapy candles add an extra benefit, who doesn't love the smell of essential oils. But who likes to have to find a way to spread them through the home? Besides candles are much cheaper than diffusers. But what do you do if you can't find the right scent, maybe you should make your own. So we are going to show you simple steps on how to make aromatherapy candles out of essential oils.
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What Goes into an Aromatherapy Candle
In ancient times, candles were made of only natural waxes such as beeswax, soy wax, rapeseed wax, palm wax, and candelilla wax. However now candles are made of cheaper wax, in particular paraffin wax.
Parrafin wax is made out of petroleum and when it burns, 11 know toxic substances escape into the air. Some of the toxins are even known to cause cancer. Some of the substances are benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene.
Another thing about paraffin wax is that it burns faster so even though you save money, you spend more because you buy candles more often.
The best wick for candles is one made of 100% cotton because these are not full of toxic chemicals such as lead, zinc, and other metals that some of the leading industry candles may contain.
When you burn a candlewick made with lead, that chemical is released into the air and allowed to get in your lungs, and lead is known to cause malfunctioning of the kidneys, cardiovascular system, and the central nervous system. If you can't get cotton wicks than 100% hemp is your best bet.
The essential oils
Essential oils have been used for over 5000 years to create many natural remedies and to treat different conditions. They are also used as a way to improve the health of our skin, hair, and body, or to make many different DIY recipes.
Many top candle companies use all kinds of fragrances deprived of chemicals instead of going with natural essential oils. Just because it says lavender doesn't mean that is what you are buying. It is important you know what you are buying.
Choosing non-toxic candles with essential oils is your best choice.
Be careful to stay away from any labels with synthetic fragrances like "perfume". Sometimes these are also mixed in. I mean I love the smell of perfume but I don't want to inhale it in, do you?
Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles
When you lite an aromatherapy candle you get a continuous stream of vapors of the herbal essential oils into your home. Inhaling this vapor into your respiratory system into your bloodstream helps prevent and treat certain illnesses.
The essential oils also have the ability to help you relax and reduce stress. They are used by many people as an alternate form of medicine.
Aromatherapy candles come in many different essential oils and each one can provide you with its own health benefit, so keeping an assortment of different candles in your home is a great way to achieve the best benefit to you. Here is a list of some of the different oils used in aromatherapy candles.
Basil Essential oils extracted from basil are believed to improve a person's concentration levels.
The essential oils from lavender are useful in many ways but the biggest and most used benefits are its calming effect. If you are stressed, whether from home, work, or any other reasons, using a lavender aromatherapy candle can provide the relaxation you need.
Lavender is also believed to help people with fatigue and depression and it can even help with headaches.
Eucalyptus oil is commonly used in decongestants and is great for helping relieve people when they have a cold sinus infection or allergies. The scent is said to keep insects away so they are good to use outdoors or when you are entertaining guests.
Chamomile essential oils also help people relax and are great for inducing sleep. These candles are often mixed with German chamomile.
Tea tree oil
This is another essential oil that is great for helping those suffering from a cold.
Jasmine oil extracted from jasmine can be used as a relaxant and antidepressant.
These essential oils alleviate depression.
Clove oil has a stimulating effect.
Sandalwood Candles with this oil act as a sedative and aphrodisiac.
This essential oil is used to alleviate nausea.
Benefits of Making Your Own Candles
You may be wondering why should I make aromatherapy candles when I could make my own and you wouldn't be weird for asking that question. But here are some of the benefits of making your own aromatherapy candles.
Of course, the first reason you should make your own candles is that you can save money. Aromatherapy candles can be expensive but buying the items you need (especially in bulk) to make your own candles will not only save you money but you will gain another benefit.
By making your own candles you can sell them. There are many ways you can sell your own candles. You can sell your candles on Etsy or start your own website/blog for free.
If you use a lot of candles, like some of us do, who me? Then making more candles at once will save you over time. Plus they make great gifts!
Craft for Older Kids
Making candles at home is a great way to spend time with your kids. But your older kids can make candles themselves. Just be careful to supervise them so they won't burn themselves.
How to Make Aromatherapy Candles
So now that you know the reasons you should be making your own candles, let's get going!
Step 1) Get Prepared
First off, Here is what you need:
- Essential oils
- Natural Soy Wax Flakes
- 100% Natural Cotton Wick
- Candle Dye (Optional)
- A container of choice (Mason Jars, Jelly Jars) Here are some good ones!
- Pencil or a wick centering tool
- Wood stick (to stir the wax)
- Clean can (to melt wax)
Step 2) Make it!
- First, you need to make a double boiler. Do this by taking a pot and adding water. Bring that water to boil. Keep it on the lowest flame possible.
- Next, place the wax flakes into the can and place it into the water until it melts.
- While you wait, cut wicks to fit your jar of choice (clean mason jars, tins, glass votives) and tape around a pencil or use the wick centering tool and place it on the jar.
- Once the wax melts, stir in your essential oils. The amount you add will depend on how strong you want your scent. Add a few drops and mix, continue to do this till you get the desired scent. This will also be the time you can add dye if you choose to do so.
- Pour into your prepared container.
- Allow to cool.
- All done.
If you are like most people than you probably don't attempt crafts because of the level of difficulty. But this project is very simple.
Making your own aromatherapy candles is a great way to get the same benefits you would from buying them from the store but you also ensure you don't buy toxic candles.
You can use them all over your home and even give them out to friends and family. Just think of all the money you will save by making them yourself.
Have you ever made aromatherapy candles at home? Is this something you think you would enjoy doing?
I would love to hear about it below.