How to Use Essential Oils in Candle Making: What You Need to Know

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How to Use Essential Oils in Candle Making: What You Need to Know

Many essential oils boast lovely aromas. Along with smelling nice, essential oil aromas may even offer therapeutic benefits.

This isn’t mere speculation. Research confirms that various essential oils possess properties that can support one’s health.

Do you enjoy candle making? If so, adding certain essential oils to your candles is one way to take advantage of these amazing properties.

No worries if you don’t know how to use essential oils in candle making. This guide will help. It explains the basic process of incorporating essential oils into candles, and it offers suggestions for the types of oils you might use.

How to Use Essential Oils in Candle Making: A Few Fun Ideas!
Before you consider what types of essential oils you may use in candle making, you first need to understand the basic steps in the process. Making candles with essential oils involves:

● Choosing a wax that will preserve an essential oil’s fragrance. Options to consider include soy and beeswax.

● Determining how much essential oil to use. A good rule of thumb is to use about 80 to 120 drops of essential oil for six cups of wax flakes.

● Choosing your essential oils. Further down, this guide offers ideas for the types of essential oils you might consider using. No matter what, make sure you choose oils from a reputable brand. We recommend Wholesale Botanics' collection, which you can browse here.

● Melting wax in a pot on a burner. Use medium heat, and keep an eye on the wax to ensure you remove it from the heat as soon as it has melted.

● Letting the wax cool for a few moments, then adding your essential oils and stirring the mixture so they distribute evenly throughout the wax.

● Applying a little bit of wax to the bottom of your wicks and placing the wicks in mason jars or other safe containers. The wax should anchor the wicks in place.

● Pouring the wax into the containers and letting it harden. Once it does, you can trim the wicks and light your candles!

Now that you have a general idea of how to use essential oils in candle making, it’s time to start experimenting with different types of oils. Options to consider include:

Lavender Essential Oil
The best essential oils for candle making are those with pleasant aromas. This is why lavender oil is ideal for a candle.

Lavender is an ideal essential oil for a candle, and not merely because its aroma is pleasant. A meta-analysis of 21 scientific studies found that the aroma of lavender essential oil can significantly reduce a person’s feelings of stress.

Peppermint Essential Oil
While lavender may be the perfect essential oil to use when making a candle that’s meant to promote a relaxing atmosphere, peppermint is an option to keep in mind if your goal is to promote alertness.

According to at least one study, peppermint essential oil is so invigorating that it can even boost a person’s athletic performance.

Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil, like lavender and peppermint, is known for its pleasing fragrance. A review of the major research into rosemary essential oil’s therapeutic value also confirms it can reduce anxiety while improving memory and concentration.

Light a candle made with rosemary essential oil, and the result may be a relaxing environment where you can still be productive if necessary.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is another essential oil that, when used in a candle, gives off a calming and welcoming aroma. Studies also indicate that inhaling eucalyptus essential oil can aid in pain reduction. Consider this if you struggle with chronic pain or discomfort.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Research shows that sweet orange aromatherapy can measurably reduce someone’s anxiety during what might be one of the most stressful experiences in their life: labor. Thus, it might be an ideal choice to use when making a candle to promote relaxation.

Essential Oils in Candle Making: Choose the Right Options for You
Just remember, these are merely a few suggestions for how to use essential oils in candle making. Feel free to experiment with other oils of your choosing! The more you experiment, the better you’ll understand what types of oils are best for candles.

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