Scents and aromas make us feel good – the good ones do, that is. Aromatherapy has always been used to accompany activities of rest and relaxation such as massage, yoga, or aromatic baths. Candles, on the other hand, are also used for rest and relaxation. By setting the mood and ambiance, candles further heighten the feeling of relaxation. So for a total relaxation experience, why not combine the two? And instead of purchasing candles from your local store, here is a simple way to create your own aromatherapy candles.
1. Know your scents.
Popular scents by choice are those that are truly relaxing and rejuvenating, and some of these are:
- Lavender – known since ancient time to decrease tension and encourage relaxation.
- Bergamot – leaves a cheerful feeling upon its application.
- Ginger – this scent is said to improve a person’s memory.
- Chamomile – same as lavender, people love its scent as it relaxes and rejuvenates you.
- Jasmine – is intended to boost a person’s spirit.
2. Prepare the jar candles.
Look for pint-sized (or smaller) glass jars that you can use, like condiments jars or sauce jars. Remember to clean them thoroughly so that the old scents would not mix in with the new (chamomile and garlic sauce do not necessarily make for clean-smelling aromatherapy candles). Do not use long neck bottles, as they can explode once they become too heated.
3. Choose the type of wax you want to use.
Soy wax is a natural type of wax and is relatively inexpensive. A better type of wax is beeswax. Beeswax is offered in specialty stores and is normally the most expensive type of wax. Another alternative is paraffin. This is easy to find and also cheaper.
4. You can now add the scent of your choice to the wax.
Use approximately five drops of essential oil for every two cups of dry wax flakes that you use.
5. Melt the flakes wax.
Depending on the type of wax that you use, melt the flaked wax according to the proper procedure. There are some types of wax such as beeswax that should be melted using a double boiler, while there are some types such as vegetable wax that you can simply use a microwave to melt.
6. You can put the candlewick in the jar and slowly pour the wax in the jar.
Make sure that the wick stays in place as you pour the wax. There are also wick setters available that you can use to ensure that the wick stays in place.
7. Let the candle cool completely.
You can then give these candles as a personalized gift, or even make it a profitable business. You can put decorations on the candle jars or put in names to make it personalized for the recipient if you are using it as a gift. Remember to keep a safe distance between the decorations and the candle if you are using flammable ones such as ribbons. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy creating candles with your favorite scents.