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How to Make Aromatherapy Candles

Wendy Iturrizaga-Gaussé studied psychology in Scotland during the 1990s. Later on she obtained a master in Holistic Psychology.

How to Make Aromatherapy Candles to Heal Body and Soul

How to Make Aromatherapy Candles to Heal Body and Soul

Aromatherapy Candles

Aromatherapy candles are candles made with natural ingredients and essential oils. As aromatherapy becomes more and more popular, women in particular are finding that they can use and connect to the magic of candles and the powers of essential oils to help them heal the body and soul in many ways.

As you will read here, making a therapeutic candle is very simple. You will need a candle making kit (wax, wick and container), essential oils and your magic power to create medicine!

Candles to Support Our Healing Journey

Since early 2020, I have been holding Women’s Circles in Central France. Women’s circles are an ancient practice, where we share stories, honor the gods and goddesses, reconnect with our natural forces and, weather permitting, dance under the stars around a wood fire to celebrate our Divine Feminine.

When we participate in a women’s circle, we carry on the tradition of our female ancestors, and this is why part of creating our Sacred Space to celebrate the Divine Feminine involves creating our own candles, soaps and herbal teas with essential oils and garden herbs that support our feminine awakening.

Here I am going to share with you how we make our candles and why we do it as a way to support our healing journey.

What is an Aromatherapy Candle?

What is an Aromatherapy Candle?

Candles and Essential Oils

We use candles in our women's circles and during our rituals as a tool to nurture and explore our souls. We use essential oils in our candles because we know that our sense of smell is linked to our emotions and can help us get in touch with our deeper self. Certain essences have the power to lift depression, calm our emotions or help us with mental fatigue, while others can help us with insomnia and all sorts of sleep troubles.

Candles made with essential oils can lead to a path of wellness. Even the process of making them is already therapeutic as we put our intention into healing what is bothering us. We concentrate on the positive and our creative essence to change our lives.

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Making Aromatherapy Candles

There are many different types of candles, but they all contain three main components: wax, a wick, and a container. To make medicinal candles we are just going to add essential oils and the power and magic of our intention to the original candle making instructions.

To make our aromatherapy candles we are going to need the following materials:

  • One package of candle-making wax. [Be sure to purchase the proper wax for your project. Waxes used for containers or molds are different than waxes used for freestanding pillar candles, so double-check that you’re getting the right one before you start your project to avoid any frustrations or disappointments.]
  • One package of candle wicks
  • Essential oils
  • One spatula
  • One heat-proof container
  • One double-boiler
  • One pair of chopsticks or clothpegs
Aromatherapy candle creation

Aromatherapy candle creation

What’s the Best Wax for Aromatherapy Candles?

Whenever I can, I use beeswax, as it is one of the oldest forms of candle wax and is an eco-friendly option, since it's derived from bees. It also has a very subtle naturally sweet scent. Beeswax its a good option for container candles. I am very lucky to live in an area where we have several beekeepers and I can get beeswax directly from my neighbours. Homegrown, filtered beeswax is a beautiful choice for homemade candles. However, if you don’t have beekeeping neighbours in your area, Amazon is always an option, too.

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If for any reason I cannot get beeswax, my second choice goes to Soy wax, a mid-range great value for money wax. The problem is that sometimes it can shrink with high temperatures and needs strong essential oils to give it a powerful scent. But it works.

I would avoid Paraffin wax; it is inexpensive and easy to find, but it is not of natural origin as it comes from synthesizing mineral oils. For making medicinal candles, I will always advise to use the purest and most natural ingredients that we can find.

Beeswax for Candle Making

Making Your Aromatherapy Candles

1. The first step to making your candle is preparing the wick. If the wick does not come primed, you can do it yourself by soaking it in melted wax for a couple of minutes. Remove the wick from the wax and lay straight on waxed paper and allow to cool until it is hard enough and easy to work with. This step allows the wick to harden and makes it easier to get it standing upright while pouring your candle on the container.

2. Place the wick. Place your wick into the appropriate container. I like to use empty candle containers that were previously used up or empty glass yogurt jars, they are both eco-friendly and budget-friendly!

3. Attach the wick to the bottom of the container. To do so, you can dip it in some melted wax and then quickly stick it to the bottom of the container. Let the wax sit a few minutes to harden before you fill up your jar.

4. Measure out how much wax you would need to fill your container, then double it. That’s how much wax you will need to melt.

Melting the wax

Melting the wax

5. Melt the wax. Pour the wax into your double boiler « baño maría » and allow to melt.

6. Add fragrance oils. When your candle wax is fully melted, it’s time to add essential oils and herbs. If you are using soy wax you need to use strong scented essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, rosemary, patchouli, and so on. You can use one or several oils according to your taste. You can also add a pinch of herbs like rue and rose petals.

7. Pour the wax. When the was is fully melted you can slowly pour the wax into your container. Hold the wick in place so it stands upright.

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8. Secure the wick to prevent it from swaying in the melty wax. You can do this with clothpegs, popsicle sticks or using chopsticks to hold it in place until it hardens. Allow the wax to set for a few hours at room temperature.

9. Cut the wick. Your candle wick should be less than half-an-inch long. If, when lit, the candle flickers or has a tall flame, trim the wick.

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As you work making your candles, take time to reflect, set your intentions, and think about what do you want to heal ? What are you doing to heal yourself ? What are you doing to heal others ? Could you do something else ?

Whether you burn your candle immediately or later, remember that each candle is infused with your intention, energy and essential oils that will not just fill your home with a natural aroma, but will actually fill your body with physical benefits from the essential oils as they are absorbed into your bloodstream.

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Essential Oils for Candles

When making a candle for medicinal purposes, we are going to start carefully selecting our essential oils to support our intention.

To make a scented candle, you will need 10% of essential oils (or less for a more subtle result) than the total volume of wax. 5-10% fragrance load is the usual recommendation for scented candles.

Essential OilProperties

Ylang Ylang

aphrodisiac effect

Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)

to reduce anxiety and fight symptoms of depression

Lavender

helps with pain and anxiety reduction

Chamomile

promotes calmness

Rosemary

to reduce stress and tension and promote clarity and concentration.

As the candle burns, lift it up towards your face, deeply inhaling its aromas. As you do so, visualise the state of mind you wish to achieve in this moment while repeating a positive phrase.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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