Extra Credit: Aromatherapy - Free Resources for Spanish Teachers
Create Your Own Aromatherapy Candles
During this busy back to school season, take some time to unwind and relax. Here’s a hobby that will benefit you year round. I’m talking about creating your own aromatherapy candles using dried fruits and herbs.
I’ve selected some fruits and herbs and listed their benefits for you to choose the combinations you’d like to use in your candle-making process. This is by no means a complete list, but it’s a start:
Reduces stress and lowers blood pressure
- Citrus Fruits- grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges.
- Fermented Red Grapes
- Melons- cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon
Has a calming and soothing effect
- Acai Berry
Provides comfort and familiarity
- Black Cherry
There are several different ways to make candles. I find this way to be the easiest. This is one of the times that ehow.com got it right.
What you’ll need:
- Candle Containers
- Soy wax
- Double boiler
- Glue gun
- Candle Dye
- Fruit and Herb Sachets
Follow this link as to how to continue and the warnings given in homemade candle making. http://www.ehow.com/how_12157507_10-easy-steps-make-scented-candles.html
NOTE: You are going to add your own fragrance combinations to the candle, so IGNORE STEP #8. Place crushed fruit and herbs in cheesecloth and tie a long string around it. This is what we call a sachet. Place the sachet into the melted wax and let simmer for 30 minutes. This way you can simmer the fruits and herbs in the wax without fishing for them later.
Please make sure you use oven mitts whenever you touch hot glass or the bowl of the double boiler. After years of baking, my fingertips can withstand a lot more heat than a normal person. So what I may not consider hot, will send your fingertips out of commission for a while.
Happy Candle Making! And don’t forget to make enough to last you all year long.
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