How to make DIY Aromatherapy Candles for an easy handmade gift. Also a list of essential oils and their aromatherapy benefits.

How to make DIY Aromatherapy Candles

Scratch Mommy shares a recipe for DIY Aromatherapy Candles and also shares the health benefits of a variety of essential oils. These make a great gift!
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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. It’s not filed with synthetic fragrances or harmful chemicals. DIY candles also make a great DIY gift. Actually, the one I made is for my mom for Christmas!

Choosing the right essential oils for your candles:

Aromatherapy is a great way to help with your physical, emotional and mental health. Here are a few of our favorite aromatherapy scents and how they effect your mood:

Feeling frustrated with the kids, husband or work? Some scents that help to relieve anger include: Jasmine, Rose, Chamomile, Ylang-ylang.

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.

Getting ready for a big meeting? Feeling nervous about a conference? Some scents that help to increase confidence include: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Jasmine.

Grieving from the death of a loved one? Have a dear friend move away? Scents to ease sorrow include: Clary Sage, Rosemary, Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram.

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.

Feeling achy and feverish? Have a headache that won’t go away? Scents to help fight colds include: Oregano, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Pine.

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, Spiced Apple. 

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 hubby? Scents that act as an aphrodisiac include: Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylan-ylang.

We love essential oils from Plant Therapy. You can see a list of Plant Therapy essential oils here. Here is our favorite starter set that has 6 Plant Therapy Essential Oils. It’s great for all kinds of home uses.

Does knowing more about what essential oils help with which moods have you excited to try your hand at making your own aromatherapy candles? There are so many ways to make great candles, but I like to make it simple. Beeswax from a local farmer, essential oils, and a cotton wick. That’s it.

How to make Aromatherapy candles
 
Ingredients
  • -Organic Beeswax or soy (We like this organic beeswax)
  • -Essential oils (We love the collection from Plant Therapy)
  • -Cotton wicks (Like these)
  • -Clean can to melt oils
  • -Wooden spoon or stick to stir
  • -Pot
Instructions
  1. Create a double boiler by placing water into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Place beeswax intro can and place into water until it melts.
  3. While your waiting cut wicks to fit clean mason jars, tins, glass votives and tape around pencil.
  4. When wax is melted take out of water and stir in essential oils. The amount of essential oil you use depends on the scent strength of the oil, if your mixing them, and the amount of wax you use. I like to mix in the essential oil until I can smell it and then add a few more drops.
  5. Pour into prepared containers.
  6. Allow to cool.

That’s it. It is a really 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 sources 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’.

Love Essential Oils? Check out the Pronounce Skincare Shop! You’ll find both herbal blends and essential oil blends in our handcrafted organic skincare goods.

Comments 5

  1. Thank you for this step by step recipe! I have some questions:

    “Place beeswax intro can and place into water until it melts.” I don’t have any cans for the “intro can” part! Would glass work ok?

    Would there be an benefits to using beeswax instead of soy?

    I like the tutorial on essential oils! As a cost saving measure, what one or two oils would make for a simple scented candle?

    1. Benefits of using beeswax : purify air as candle burns. . Make sure when adding essential oils that you don’t add when wax is too hot. Will burn off scent.

  2. Does the actual burning of a candle offer any benefits? I’d like to try this recipe to make blocks to melt in a Scentsy unit. I love the convenience of Scentsy, but I’m sure the fragrances must be more toxic than I’d like.

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