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How To: Making Aromatherapy Candles
By definition, a scented candle is a candle made with fragrant oils mixed into the wax. They usually give off a pleasant aroma when burning. A scented candle can create an ambiance of good health and psychological and physical well-being.
Introduction to Aromatherapy Candles
Aromatherapy candles are no different from regular type of candles. However, its main difference lies beyond the appearance as it is made out of essential oil blends from various type of plant sources. As with other methods of aromatherapy applications as teas, massage oils, diffusers, baths, and many others, it essentially utilizes the essential oil extracts which contain therapeutic properties and use that in creating your own scented candles.
The concept works behind the idea that as the candle is lighted, it slowly burns out. When the wax burns out, all of the scents and fragrances contained by the essential oils in use are released in the atmosphere. Once the scent fills up in the atmosphere, it is inhaled by an individual and all of the healing action happens from there. This explains why scented or aromatherapy candles are quite popular at home and the workplace, especially the latter for it can be an overly stressful environment.
Why use Aromatherapy Candles?
Now that you are aware what aromatherapy candles are, you must begin to question how is it any useful to you. Here are just some of the reasons why aromatherapy candles can be good for you:
- The scent produced by aromatherapy candles help to relax an individual, relieve from stress, and alter the mood. In fact, several people use aromatherapy on a daily basis as it is known to improve overall health condition.
- Using aromatherapy candles is very convenient as compared to other methods of application. It does not require any deep form of knowledge on essential oils as you simply light the candle up and begin to experience its benefits.
- Aromatherapy candles are ideal for use during yoga and meditation as the use of scent is crucial in setting one in the right mood.
Aside from the benefits that can be derived with lighting an aromatherapy candle, making one is just as fun and relaxing. Hence, it contributes to the growing popularity in the use of essential oil candles.
Aromatherapy candles are commonly used at home as in the office. This helps one attain complete rejuvenation even with a stressful kind of lifestyle.
Getting started with making your own essential oil candles at home is rather easy. However, you need to keep a few materials or supplies handy to make the job more efficient. These supplies are pretty basic and you might even find them at your home. While for the rest, they are easily accessible in your local supply store.
- Candle Jars – this will be used when molding and storing the candles you have made.
- Wicks - this is important for lighting your candle when it is done.
- Base – this will be used to keep your candle stable.
- Wax – there are several choices for this such as beeswax or soy, the former is a more expensive choice though.
- Essential oils – this is the important ingredient when making your aromatherapy candles and there are several to choose from and your choice depends on what use you intend for the aromatherapy candle.
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Types of Oil To Use
There are several possible choices of oil to use in making aromatherapy candles. Each one have different scent properties, so make sure to choose wisely and according to what your intended usage for the candle is.
Here are some of the popular choices for use in aromatherapy candles and a short explanation why they are popular:
*Lavender: This is probably the most common choice of essential oil used in aromatherapy candles. Its scent is sweet and pleasant that it is very effective in relaxing one's mind and senses. Hence, lavender oil aromatherapy candles are good for stress relief and is popularly used in the office or at home.
*Geranium: This type of oil used in aromatherapy candles is popular among women since it produces balance in their hormones.
*Eucalyptus: The minty aroma produced by this type of essential oil makes it ideal for use in making aromatherapy candles. Its scent help in improving immune system capability and making breathing a lot easier.
*Peppermint: This type of aromatherapy candle helps people suffering from joint trouble. The scent helps relieve anyone from pain caused by the condition, while also improving the functions of your digestive system.
*Rosemary: Aromatherapy candles made out of this type of essential oils help to lift and alter the mood of an individual.
*Chamomile: Its relaxing scent helps to induce sleep or improve sleeping habits.
Adding Essential Oils To Candle Wax
When adding essential oil blends into the wax mixture to make your own aromatherapy candles require only a tiny amount of the essential oil. Therefore, you have to take note of proper dosage and use proper measuring devices to ensure that you are not adding more than the required amount of essential oil.
As for the wax you can use, there are three options: paraffin, beeswax, and soy. Paraffin wax though is ideal only for regular types of candle and not aromatherapy candles. For the latter, soy and beeswax make an ideal choice. Soy wax is made out of hydrogenated soybean oil. It requires a low melting point to extract the fragrant essences of the oil and is less expensive than beeswax. This explains why most aromatherapy candles are made out of soy wax.
Process of Candle Making
Here is a step by step guide in making your own aromatherapy candle:
- The first step is to create your mold. Keep your wick anchored with a hole in the bottom of the mold.
- Make sure your wick is properly anchored to the bottom of the mold when you are adding wax into the mold.
- When melting the wax to use, make sure that the heating temperature does not exceed 180 degrees.
- Adding color into your wax is optional. If you want to add more aesthetic to your candles, you can use dye or shave off colors from broken crayons.
- After that, you can now add the essential oil you have chosen for this recipe. Scents of some essential oils can be quite strong, so make sure to add essential oils as minimal as possible. Mix thoroughly to ensure that the scent is properly distributed throughout the wax.
- Once you have added the wax with the essential oil blend into the mold, allow it to sit overnight. After that, your aromatherapy candle is now ready for use.
Links on Aromatherapy
- Taruna Oils - The Taruna Oils Organization
Taruna Oils offers therapeutic grade aromatherapy and essential oils for mind, body and spirit. These oils are life enhancing gifts from nature