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Making Aromatherapy Candles From Your Home

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By Author: Robert Watson
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Candle burning is the oldest form of aromatherapy. The ancient Chinese started the tradition of burning joss sticks, made from fragrant herbs, over six thousand years ago as a way to honor their ancestors. This unseen, fragrant energy is aromatherapy.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are made from fruits, leaves and flowers. In a process called distillation highly concentrated oils are extracted to improve well being and health with their therapeutic properties.

The amount of coloring and scent used to make your own aromatherapy candles is up to you. Mixing different oils together allows you to experiment with the different scents. When it comes to the candle molds you can buy them or make them yourself (such as paper cups), additional supplies include wicks, Beeswax, Paraffin, crayons, oils and a double boiler. The green segment of the consumer market notes that soy wax is healthier for you and the environment, than Parrafin as it burns cleaner, lasts longer, is non-toxic and is 100% biodegradable.

When it comes time to put the wick inside of the mold try taking a pencil, winding the wick around it ...
... and laying it on the mold until you are done. Next put the beeswax and paraffin into the double boiler and melt. For adding a little color to your candle add some crayon shavings to the wax. If you need a quick way to add shavings take a cheese grater and shave your crayon over the wax. Be careful not to add too much of the crayon or your candle may end up smelling like one. Add your essential oils beginning with a drop or two so it will have just the right amount of scent, otherwise you will defeat the aromatherapy purpose by being too strong. After pouring into the molds trim the wick to about inch once it has cooled. For a pleasing atmosphere place some aromatherapy candles around your home. Possibly buying the candles from a store would be easier and quicker, but creating your own personal fragrance can only be done by making them yourself. Some say the best part of making these candles is that the process is still very calming and relaxing as well it should be with aromatherapy.

The ideal way to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere around your home is to place aromatherapy candles throughout. It is well worth the effort to make your own aromatherapy candles so that you will be in control of the fragrance and color. Therapeutic and relaxing is how some individuals describe the candle making process. If you need a special gift for someone in your life, a hand-made aromatherapy candle shows him or her how special they are to you.

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