Aromatherapy candles or aroma candles are made with essential oils and have an aromatherapeutic effect. They are made for holistic care – providing well-being not only to the body and mind but as well as the spirit. And they provide lots of benefits not only to the mind and body but also to our home.
STEP 1: Preparing the Components of Aromatherapy Candles
Aroma candles are expensive compared to regular scented candles because of the components used in making them. There are three main components of aroma candles: wick, wax, and essential oils.
Wick A pleasing aroma candle has a wick made from either cotton or hemp. The wick shouldn’t contain any toxic elements like zinc and lead because they can spread into the air and enter through our respiratory system, which could cause harm to the body.
Wax To make all-natural aromatherapy candles, use soy wax, beeswax, and rapeseed wax. Don’t use paraffin wax since this type of wax is derived from petroleum and contains chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene, which are toxic. Those candles from soy wax burn cleaner with little soot released, and these are non-toxic.
Essential Oils For the essential oils, never use chemically derived oils but use natural essential oils – although they could be expensive. To distinguish chemically derived oils, check if you see labels like “parfum” or “fragrance oil,” as these are likely made from synthetic oils. It won’t be an aroma candle if it does not use pure, therapeutic oils.
Organically made aroma candles, made from 100% natural ingredients and pure essential oils, burn less soot and burn slower than most candles.
STEP 2: Choosing the Aromatherapy Fragrance
Aromatherapy candles come in different fragrances, and each scent has its benefits. Here’s a list of some of the most common fragrances used.
Lavender – has a soothing and relaxing fragrance and is commonly used to treat headaches and insomnia. It can also relieve anxiety, depression, and stress.
Citrus – candles infused with orange, lemon, and grapefruit fragrance help brighten the mood and increase concentration.
Vanilla – has a sweet and warm scent, which is soothing and comforting. It can help relieve stress.
Cinnamon – has an inviting scent that smells like freshly baked cookies, and it can help the nerves and relieve fatigue and exhaustion.
Geranium – this is a fragrance that can remind people of the outdoors. It has a calmative property that helps with relaxation and has a beautiful effect on the nerves.
Jasmine – has a calming and relaxing scent. It can relieve anger, ease depression, and boost confidence.
Sandalwood – can soothe irritation and lifts depression. It can also help boost your confidence.
Eucalyptus – can help decongest the nose with its minty fragrance and provide relief from common colds, sinusitis, and allergies.
Peppermint – this fragrance can relieve muscle pain, headaches, and digestive problems.
To relieve anger: Rose, Chamomile, Ylang-ylang
To ease depression: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Clary Sage
To increase confidence: Frankincense, Patchouli
To ease sorrow: Rosemary, Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Clary Sage
To enhance concentration: Rosemary, Lemon, Jasmine, Bay Laurel, Lavender
To relieve anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium, and Violet leaf
To fight colds and general ailments: Oregano, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary
To refresh and invigorate: Cinnamon, Cardamon, Clove, Lemon, Basil, Peppermint, Sage
With aphrodisiac effect: Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang-ylang
STEP 3: How to Make DIY Aromatherapy Candles
Once you have selected the fragrance you want and all other components are ready; then you can start making your aromatherapy candles. Here are easy-to-follow steps on how to make these candles.
6 cups of soy wax flakes
80-120 drops of essential oil (essential oil of your choice)
8-ounce mason jars (or any jars of choice)
A wooden stirring device like chopsticks or wood ladle
Pens or chopsticks to secure the wicks
Then, you can prepare the following before making the candle.
Cut the wicks to a length longer than the vertical height of your jar. You can cut the wicks to the desired length after they have set.
Place a bit of wax at the bottom of the empty jar to secure your wicks. Press it into place using a chopstick or stick.
Tape the other end of your wick to a chopstick or pen and place it horizontally along the top of the jar. Make sure that it’s completely straight, or else it will not burn correctly. Then, follow the instructions below to make the candle.
Over low-medium heat, melt the soy wax flakes, then stir using a wooden stirring device. The wax should melt fairly, but you can slightly turn up the heat if it’s taking a while.
Add 80-120 drops of essential oil of your choice once the wax melted. Please note that the amount of essential oil may depend on the type and how potent they are.
Pour the wax into the mason jars you prepared beforehand. Make sure that you pour the wax just until below the lip. Allow it to cool or set for about an hour.
Cut the wick to the desired length.
Making an aromatherapy candle is easy; however, you need to make sure that your prepared materials are organic or natural. Refrain from using synthetically derived oils and paraffin wax. When making candles, make sure to place newspaper below the jars before pouring the wax mixture, and don’t pour the leftover mixture in your sink.
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