Like many of you, I love having candles lit in my house. Aside from making the house look warm and cozy, they can also be very relaxing and calming. I decided to try a homemade lavender scented candle recipe that I found on MarthaStewart.com. It seemed easy enough to do and maybe it would double the relaxing effect, since lavender is already a calming aroma for me.
Here are the materials you will need:
- 2 pounds soy-wax chips
- 6-inch wick with wick tab
- Glass vessels, such as canning jars, in various sizes (2 pounds of chips yield 32 fluid ounces of wax)
- Lavender essential oil
- Transparent glass paint (optional)
Here is what you need to do:
Step 1: Place wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until smooth throughout.
Step 2: For each candle, cut wick to height of vessel plus 2 inches. Dip wick tab in melted wax and center at bottom of vessel. Wrap other end of string around skewer and knot. Rest skewer across top of vessel.
Step 3: Scent wax by mixing in essential oil, about 30 drops for each cup of wax. Fill each vessel a quarter of the way and let set, about 10 minutes. Fill rest of vessel and let set until firm, several hours. Trim wick. If desired, use glass paint to tint exterior of vessel before filling. Possible
Step 4: I didn’t think of this while I was doing it but I imagine you could even put lavender petals (or other flower petals) in the wax too. And of course you can add tint to make it a nice lavender color, if you desire.
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014. http://www.marthastewart.com/1075631/lavender-candles
Also, here are some other uses for Lavender Essential Oil: Aromatherapy, Insomnia, Anxiety, Headache & Stress Relief. It can be uses for adults, children and babies to help speed the recovery of acne, cuts, scrapes, burns and insect bites. Lavender Oil works well with a variety of carrier oils, such as: shea body butter, cocoa butter, fractionated coconut oil, bees wax, grapeseed and other vegetable oils.