How Do You Use Essential Oils to Make "Aromatherapy" Candles?

The term “aromatherapy” is a branch of alternative medicine which claims that the specific “aromas” carried by the essential oils have curative effects. The healing art “aromatherapy” traces back to 4,000 B.C. where the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Persians use to burn herbs and flowers for curative and cosmetic purposes. In ancient Egypt, plant oils were widely used for spiritual relaxation, cosmetics and for embalming and mummification of the dead.

The term “aromatherapy candles” is used loosely in Western societies, because, unlike other cultures, we mainly use “aromatherapy candles” for “aesthetic” qualities vs. healing qualities. We want the calming, soothing aromas to aid in meditation, bathing and relaxing activities.

Natural candles are becoming more popular with the development of natural waxes such as soy wax and palm waxes. There is a greater desire by consumers to go “green” with all natural ingredients in candle making. Using all natural soy wax that is a renewable resource, grown right here in the U.S.A. has gained popularity in the few years, since the development of soy wax in 1998. Soy wax is hydrogenated soybean oil that is non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Combining all natural ingredients, including natural scents, to make an “aromatherapy” candle is highly desirable.

A lot of so called “aromatherapy” candles out on the market today contain paraffin wax (which is a byproduct of the crude oil process) and fragrance oils that are chemically derived. Some major manufacturers have paraffin wax, combined with natural scents. Some have natural waxes combined with chemical derived synthetic scents. My idea of a natural “aromatherapy candle” is one that is all natural. So, what are natural scents? They are essential oils.

Essential oils are volatile parts of plants, trees, fruits and roots that are extracted by various methods: steam distillation, cold-press extraction, chemical solvent extraction and the effleurage method. Essential oils that are “pure” will mostly have their botanical name on the jar, and come in dark colored bottles for protection from sunlight. They should be stored in cool, dark places, and out of reach of children and pets. Other essential oils are blended with carrier oils such as jojoba and are considered “diluted”. Some candle manufacturers sell “essential oils”, but they come in clear plastic containers, and are synthetically derived, or are blended with alcohol or other solvents.

Because of their concentrated nature, pure essential oils can be more expensive than fragrance oils and come in small bottles – drams (1/8 oz), 1/6 oz., etc. They either have a closed lid or a dropper to distribute the essential oils. Price can range from anywhere from $5 to $75 for a fraction of an ounce of pure essential oils.

So, how do you use essential oils in candle making? Good question – and there are many answers to that question, depending on who you talk to. When I originally tried to research this topic a year ago, there was very little information out on the Internet, with candle supply companies, or any e-books I purchased. One year later, there is a wide variety of answers published in articles, candle supply websites, and so-called “candle gurus”. Some experts claim that usage per pound of wax is 1 oz – which is similar to using fragrance oils. Now, 1 oz of pure essential oils can be either incredibly strong or incredibly expensive. Others claim that using as little 3-20 drops/pound of wax.

I personally believe that the aromatherapy candles should use much less essential oils than fragrance oils for two reasons:

1 Style & Taste. When using essential oils in aromatherapy candles, I want a milder, less dominant, natural scent aroma from the essential oils. I don’t want an over-powering Cinnamon Spice fragrance oil aroma that’s going to fill my entire house for days. I want a “natural” candle, because I want a soothing, relaxing, mild, fresh, natural aroma that gives just enough scent to soothe my senses for a beautiful bubble bath, meditation, yoga or Pilates exercises. I don’t want the aroma competing with what I’m trying to achieve – relaxation.

2. Cost. Essential oils are expensive, and cost should be considered when buying and using “pure” essential oils in candle making. First of all one dram (1/8 oz) of 100% pure Peppermint oil (made right here in the U.S.A.) on sale was $5/dram plus shipping. Honestly, do you think you it’s cost effective to use $5 of Peppermint oil in one 8-12 oz. soy candle? I don’t think so, besides, it may be too strong. Fragrance oils (mainly synthetics) can be 10 times less expensive when purchased in bulk. I’ve used blends of essential oils with 1/6 oz. and made three 12 oz. soy candles, and they were perfectly scented. So, it’s the cost/benefit rule you have to apply in determining how much you’re willing to pay to achieve your desired outcome.

Another important consideration in how much essential oils to use in candle making, is using the wax manufacturers guide in how much fragrance/essential oils that the wax will absorb in order to make a safe candle. I primarily use 100% soy waxes for my candle making, and the manufacturers recommendation is to use 3-9% of fragrance oil per pound of soy wax. There are additives which can increase those percentages, but I mainly use 1 oz. of fragrance oil/pound of soy wax, which is approximately 6%. When using essential oils, I use much less than 1%/pound of wax. It all depends on how strong or pure the natural oil is and my taste, of course!

So, with those facts explained, using essential oils is a matter of style, taste and cost. If you are selling your candles, you pass along your costs to the consumer, but hopefully, you can market and price your candles effectively to sell them at a profit. If you are making candles for your own enjoyment, then it’s a matter of what you’re happy with – milder/stronger, and whether cost is a factor for you.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils: Magical Cure to Stress

The art of aromatherapy might be centuries old, but it is not limited to massage only. The modern-day practitioners believe and claim that even when the aromatic essential oils are diffused or sprayed in the air, their fragrance also serves as a boon to treat stress and promote relaxation. The oils used in these diffusers are therapeutic grade essential oils – obtained from the flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind or roots of the plants. Known for healing properties, when these oils are diffused or sprayed in the air, they stimulate the nerves in the nose. The impacted nerves are the key elements that send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. The surprising part is that these oils are so strong that they help in controlling blood pressure, pulse and other body functions while coming in contact with the body’s hormones and enzymes. Some experts also claim that the fragrance of these oils stimulates the body to produce pain-fighting hormones. This way, aromatherapy is an incredible method not only to enhance mental alertness and concentration but also to fight infections, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure and stress.

Majorly, the aromatherapy essential oils are extracted from plants through a steam distillation process. However some other processes – like solvent extraction, carbon dioxide extraction, cold pressing and florasols/phytols – are also popular across the world. The best part with oil diffusers is that the user gets maximum benefits via untouched and magical therapeutic treatment. These oils not only moisturize and refresh the air but also offer refreshed mood and better sleep, relieve stress and depression, relieve cough and sinus congestion, fight odors in house, fight insomnia and improve mental alertness.

While choosing aromatherapy essential oils, always keep in mind the healing effects of that particular oil. For instance, lavender is one such oil that offers fresh, sweet and floral fragrance – and it is heavily used to fight anxiety, depression, irritability, mental fatigue, panic attacks, stress etc. on the other hand, sandalwood oil offers woody and floral aroma that is considered perfect to treat low self-esteem, insecurity, stress and insomnia. The minty fragrance of peppermint oil is unbeatable when it comes to cure mental fatigue, nausea, headache, exhaustion, vertigo, asthma and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is best known for its antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. This way, it is used to cure respiratory problems like colds, coughs, asthma and congestion.

Make sure to use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils only. Another thing to keep in mind is – always consult a doctor or aromatherapy expert before using these oils, especially during pregnancy.

Cheer Up Your Bathing Mood With Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy works wonders not only for massages but also for your hot tub bath. The soothing scents of essential oils blend with the hot water and offer you a relaxing feel. Your tired muscles get invigorated in a unique way. However you can have more relaxation if you opt for homemade hot tub fragrance recipes.

Try using different scents

It’s not very difficult to create the right fragrance for your hot tub bath. You can make different scents and use them for different purposes. If you want to enjoy complete relaxation, you can try Lavender based scents. On the other hand if you want to stimulate your mind and body you can opt for scents with mint.

Get refreshed with essential oils

If you use essential oils in your hot tub bath, you will feel refreshed. The basic oils used in aromatherapy help to soothe your body and mind. You can get relief from cold and sinus. In addition these oils help to kill bacteria in your foot and relieve minor burns. The fundamental essential oils are extracted from Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender. If you blend all these basic oils, you can improve your health and get rid of all ailments. Try to use these basic oils while taking your bath and give a boost to your health. You can also ease your stress and muscle pain with these oils.

Choose the right scent for hot tub bath

In general hot tubs have a strong smell of Chlorine. Therefore it’s important for you to know how the scent will mix with the smell of Chlorine. Some of the floral fragrances are overpowered by Chlorine. You can add citrus based as well as clean smelling fragrances like Lemon Oil, Vanilla or Wintergreen. Moreover you can use floral scents like Lavender, Rose and Sweet Geranium as they are strong enough for using in hot tub. If you are not sure whether a specific aroma will smell good in your tub, you can check it with 1 liter water. You can place 1 liter water from your tub in a plastic container and mix 2 drops of essential oils with it. You have to blend them well and wait for a short span of time. Then you have to smell it for checking whether the mixture is producing any pleasant smell.

Create a hot tub fragrance

In order to cheer up your bathing mood, you should know how to create the right hot tub fragrance. You can add your desired essential oils in Vodka and distilled water. Just blend ΒΌ cup unflavored Vodka with 2 cups distilled water and 10 drops essential oils in a clean container. The container should have an airtight lid. You have to seal it tightly and then keep it in a cool and dry place for near about 2 weeks. Furthermore you can create the fragrance by adding pleasant smelling flower petals in Vodka and purified water. Try to use 1 cup of Rose petals to the mixture and keep it in the same position for 2 weeks. You can filter out and discard the petals after 2 weeks. Then you can add your desired amount of fragrance to your tub.

Try the various recipes for using aromatherapy essential oils and get your desired fragrances for your hot tub bath. Look for the best spa store online and purchase the right oils to perk up your bathing mood in an exclusive way.