Did you know that DIY Aromatherapy Candles are easy to make and are an inexpensive gift?
I love candles! They really change the mood. The flicker of light and scent wafting through the air can be really calming. Making your own candles can be inexpensive, easy, and you can feel good about what is going in them. They won’t be filed with synthetic fragrances or harmful chemicals. DIY aromatherapy candles also make great DIY gifts. Actually, the one I made here is for my mom for Christmas!
Choosing the right essential oils for your DIY aromatherapy candles:
Aromatherapy is a great way to help with physical, emotional, and mental health. Here are a few of our favorite aromatherapy scents and how they effect your mood:
Do the shorter days have you feeling down? Do you suffer from post holiday crash? Some scents that help to ease depression include: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Clary Sage.
Studying for a big test? Going to an event where you need to remember a ton of names? Scents to improve memory include: Rosemary, Lemon, Jasmine, Bay Laurel, Lavender.Scents to Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peach, Rose, Rose Geranium and Violet Leaf.
Stayed up too late and having a hard time pulling yourself out of bed? Falling asleep during an important phone call? Scents to refresh and invigorate include: Cinnamon, Cardamon, Clove, Lemon, Basil, Peppermint, Sage.
Kids wearing on your last nerve? Ready to strangle an annoying co-worker? Scents that calm irritability include: Rose, Neroli, Chamomile and Rose Geranium.
Want to have a bit of sexy time with the significant other? Scents that act as an aphrodisiac include: Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang-ylang.
We love essential oils from Plant Therapy. You can see the entire line of Plant Therapy essential oils here. Here is our favorite starter set. It’s great for all kinds of home and body uses.
Does knowing more about what essential oils help with which moods have you excited to try your hand at making your own DIY aromatherapy candles? There are so many ways to make great candles, but I like to keep it simple. Beeswax from a local farmer, essential oils, and a cotton wick. That’s it.
How to Make DIY Aromatherapy Candles
- Create a double boiler by placing water into a pot and bringing it to a simmer.
- Place beeswax in glass bowl and place on top of pot until it melts. Give a whisk every now and then to encourage melting.
- While you wait, cut wicks to fit glass jars, metal tins, &/or glass votives and tape around pencil or any other utensil that goes across the top of your containers.
- When wax is melted take off bowl, wipe down the outside (water is an enemy!), and stir in essential oils. The amount of essential oil(s) you use depends on the scent strength of the oil, if you’re mixing them, and the amount of wax you use. I like to mix in the essential oil(s) until I can smell the EO(s) and then add a few more drops.
- Pour into prepared containers.
- Allow to cool.
That’s it. DIY aromatherapy candles really is an easy craft! Many people are afraid to try crafts because they are “not crafty.” Well friends, this craft doesn’t take much skill and anyone can do it. I promise!
Have you ever made homemade candles before? What are your favorite scents?
Publisher’s Note: Yes, we *do* love Plant Therapy, however, we also support other essential oil companies. Always source out quality essential oils. I personally prefer certified organic oils, but I also love wild-harvested oils. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your supplier! Tell me about your sustainability. I’d like to know what certifications you maintain. Etc. I personally also LOVE Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils. I don’t think any one brand is ‘best’.