Using essential oils can be confusing at first but once you get the hang of it can be fun and rewarding. Not that I'm a professional or anything, however I have been using essential oils for years and I consider myself a "dabbler"... Essential oils are a great way to keep your home and family healthy and promote a sense of well being. One of my favorites to use is lavender oil. Lavender oil is great for many uses such as:
- Helps to alleviate anxiety and emotional stress just taking a whiff straight from the bottle helps to promote a sense of calm for me. Or dab a bit on a tissue to carry with you in your pocket. You can inconspicuously inhale the scent when stressed or anxious.
- Heals burns and wounds when combined with aloe or a carrier oil and apply to burns.
- Helps promote restful sleep add a few drops to a spray bottle of water and spritz your sheets and room.
- Improves complexion, helps to reduce mild acne, and provides relief for eczema and psoriasis. Some people dab it straight on zits, or you can add a few drops to water and apply as a toner with a cotton ball.
- Helps relieve headaches just add a few drops of lavender oil to hot, boiled water and inhale the steam.
I have had some experience with making candles in the past and usually it ends in a hot mess of melted wax and burns. Unwilling to subject myself to that again, I thought I'd come up with another way to make candles. Something super easy and hands off. So I thought, "why not stick these bad boys in the oven and see what happens?" So I did, and to my surprise I had success. So I thought I'd share how I did it!
What you will need to make one large, relaxing lavender scented candle:
- Heat safe glass containers (I used the lovely ones that I was sent by Piping Rock) or you can use mason jars
- Beeswax pellets ( I used a little under a pound for one large candle, approximately 14 oz. I used white beeswax from Piping Rock)
- essential oils (what ever scent you would like. I used lavender from Piping Rock)
- a baking dish big enough to hold all of your glass containers
- wooden chopsticks or pencils
The first thing I thought about was an explosion of hot melted wax and glass all over my oven. And let's all face it, I am far too lazy to want to clean out that mess.
So the first thing I did was get a Pyrex baking dish and filled it halfway with water.
Wrap the top of the wick around a wooden chopstick,then put the wick in the jar. The metal bottom of the wick should sit on the bottom of the jar and the chopstick should rest across the top of the jar.
I added a small amount of beeswax to the bottom of the glass, then sprinkled 5 drops of lavender essential oil over the wax (You can use more or less depending on your preference).
Then added more wax and more essential oil. Just layering as I went along, as I got to the wider part I added 10 drops of the oil. Finish with more beeswax on top.
Set the glass containers into the baking dish filled with water.
Set the whole thing in the middle rack of the oven. Then turn to 275F. It's important that you do not preheat the oven first, because it will help to temper your glass.
Bake until wax melts completely. For smaller containers it will take about 15 to 20 minutes for the wax the melt completely. For larger containers it can take up to one hour. Check progress every 15 minutes.
When done turn off the oven and leave the containers to cool about 2 hours before you remove them from the oven. It keeps the wicks in place if you let the candles solidify for a bit.
Let harden overnight on counter, and you're done!
I received products for free from pipingrock.com to try in the hopes that I would like them enough to write about them on my blog. I was not paid to write this post, I do not make any heath claims about the products and I am just sharing my personal experience with these products.