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When the weather turns cool and the sun drops below the horizon earlier every evening, who doesn’t love the warm ambiance of a flickering candle and the sweet natural scent of essential oils? Combining essential oils with soy candles gives them a clean, warm, nurturing scent. Soy wax is simple to work with, easy to melt, and a cinch to clean up … all of which makes these candles a good candidate for a simple DIY project at home. Essential oil scented soy candles also make great personalized gifts for family and friends. To begin, you’ll need a few supplies:
How to make your candle:
Experiment with the types and amount of essential oils you add to find the scent you prefer. Great combinations include certified organic bergamot and clove, or certified organic lavender and vetiver. Or, just add on of N8 Essential’s pre-mixed blends for a balanced and supportive aromatherapy experience. But don’t go too crazy … soy wax candles won’t solidify properly if you add too much essential oil. If you struggle with the texture of the wax, you can purchase an optional product called palm stearic, which will help your candle achieve the correct texture, even with extra essential oil.
With so many delicious scents to choose from, you’ll be able to craft a candle that creates ambiance and aromatherapy benefits that meet your needs.
Sometimes it’s your turn on center stage, spotlight firmly shining on your smiling face. Other times it feels right to take a more subtle approach – hanging out in the orchestra pit, for instance, or in the concession stand. Ultrasonic diffusers are a “center stage” method of dispersing essential oils. These beautiful and showy electronic products usually are designed with attention-getting glam and a geyser of mist to draw the eye. But there are also more subtle … but no less beneficial … ways of getting essential oils into the air around your family at home and at work.
The word “diffuse” simply means to spread a concentrated substance over a larger area. With essential oils, there are a few great ways to do this:
Cotton balls and cotton cloth are a great way to slowly diffuse essential oils without using a diffuser. Put a few drops of your favorite single or blend essential oil onto a plain cotton ball. Place the infused ball into a fan vent in your car, near an air conditioning vent at home, in the bathroom with the fan going or near your face as you sleep. Any air in motion will flow through, subtly diffusing the scent. How long it lasts will depend on how many drops you use and how quickly the air moves through the fibers.
Unfinished wood is another great medium to disperse essential oils in a room without requiring an electrical outlet. Some people use teakwood or reed diffusing sticks dipped in a container of full-strength essential oil to fill their room for aromatherapy benefits. Another method relies a natural medium … pinecones. To try this, place clean pine cones in a resealable plastic bag and sprinkle with drops of the essential oil single or blend of your choice. N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend and Tranquil Blend are great candidates for this craft. Or try certified organic eucalyptus and cinnamon bark for a seasonal ambiance. Seal the bag and gently shake to disperse. Leave the cones in a bag, sealed for up to a week, to allow the fragrance to penetrate the wood. Use as a beautiful and deliciously scented home accent or share them as a personalized gift. Remember to store them in a sealed bag when not in use to extend the scent.
Terracotta pendants worn as a necklace are an affordable alternative to a diffuser. Essential oils are applied to the pendant and become absorbed into the clay. The scent slowly diffuses into the air as you breathe and it is a portable and personalized alternative to topical use.