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The Best Essential Oils For Your Scented Candle
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The Best Essential Oils For Your Scented Candle

Why do you use scented candles? That is the first question you need to ask yourself when choosing which essential oils to buy for your scented candle. Do not confuse pure essential oils with synthetic fragrance oils; these are not the same and have no therapeutic benefits. Each oil has its own special qualities which when released into the atmosphere will have an effect on your mood and environment. Let’s take a look at the most popular affordable oils and what they can be used for so that you can choose the ones that are suitable for your needs You can use essential oils to make your own hand made scented candles or, if you are not feeling so adventurous, all you need to do is add a few drops of essential oils to the pool of melted wax around the wick of a plain, unscented candle, but as the oils are flammable, please take care not to put them directly onto the naked flame:

Lavender - Calming

Lavender is a soothing oil, best used in the evening for relaxation. It can help relieve insomnia, but it is also excellent for easing anxiety or mild depression and can help with migraines or other headaches. It has a sweet, floral scent with a woody undertone and blends well with most other oils. It is very safe to use and can be used directly on the skin to soothe burns.

TIP: for insomnia, place 2-3 drops on your pillowcase.

Lemon - Refreshing

Lemon essential oil, made from the peel of the lemon has a fresh, uplifting citrus aroma. This is a good oil for making your home smell fresh and clean – it also has antiseptic properties, and is good for boosting the immune system so if anyone in the house has a cold, it will help cleanse the air. Best used during the daytime as it has a stimulating effect. Be careful not to let the oil get directly onto your skin as it can cause irritation. Other citrus oils to consider are Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit and Lime. All are uplifting, refreshing oils with lime having similar antiseptic properties to lemon.

TIP: Try mixing 2 or 3 of these oils together to create a beautiful citrus blend.

Peppermint - Motivating

Peppermint is very stimulating – it is a great essential oil to wake you up in the morning! It aids mental clarity, so if you are studying for an exam, or trying to take in some complex information, try using peppermint in your scented candle to help you concentrate. It has a grassy, minty, camphor-like aroma that is very powerful, so a little goes a long way. Use in moderation.

TIP: It is an excellent digestive remedy – put one drop in a teaspoon of honey to help relieve indigestion.

Geranium – Harmonising

Geranium is a great oil for women who suffer from PMS or are going through the menopause. It is a wonderful hormonal balancer, easing mood swings and balancing emotions. Geranium can also be used for more general relief of stress and anxiety. It has a green, rosy-sweet, heady aroma that blends well with lavender, bergamot and citrus oils.

Bergamot – Uplifting

Bergamot is the aroma you will associate with Earl Grey Tea! It has a fresh, sweet, fruity aroma with a slightly spicy undertone. It has antibacterial properties and is another useful oil for cleansing the air if there are people in the house with a cold. It also very good for anxiety, stress, and mild depression having an uplifting effect on the emotions.

TIP: To keep the air germ-free, vaporise the oil by adding a few drops to a small bowl of hot water and place it on top of a radiator.

Clary Sage – Euphoric

Clary Sage has a sweet, nutty, herbaceous scent. It blends well with Lavender, geranium, bergamot and citrus essential oils. It is good for relaxation, stress, migraine headaches and mild depression, and promotes a sense of wellbeing, but be careful how you use it – too much can have an almost narcotic effect!

Ylang Ylang – Sensual

Ylang Ylang is one of my favourite essential oils – it has an exotic, heady, floral aroma and must be used very sparingly as too much can give you a headache! Traditionally, in Indonesia, the flowers are spread on the bed of newly married couples on their wedding night, due to its aphrodisiac properties. Use it in the bedroom to put you “in the mood”! It blends well with Rosewood and Bergamot.

TIP: Put a few drops in a spray bottle filled with plain water. Shake the bottle and spray your bed linen, cushions and curtains (drapes) to make your room smell beautiful.

Rosewood – Balancing

Rosewood has a woody-floral fragrance with a spicy hint. It has a soothing, calming effect and is good for relaxation, stress, tension and anxiety. It blends well with most other oils.

Patchouli – Emotionally Strengthening

Patchouli oil is another of my favourites, but a good quality essential oil can be a bit more expensive than the others. It matures with age too, so unlike most other oils that lose their therapeutic qualities over time, patchouli just gets better and better! Traditionally used in Eastern cultures to perfume linen and clothes, it has a rich, sweet, earthy aroma which blends well with Lavender, Bergamot and Clary Sage. Patchouli is particularly good as an anti-depressant and giving confidence and clarity to thought. Also very good for meditation purposes.

I hope you have fun getting to know these beautiful, pure essential oils. I have given advice on which ones blend well with the others, but feel free to experiment and create your own unique blends that suit your personal character and enhance your home.


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Hey Helen, I like your article and the several others you have written. What is in my mind right now is a question. When will our Internet community be able to see your profile? Thank you very much

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  about 8 years ago
Brandon8  

My dad is really into aroma therapy. It never worked for me, in fact, it makes me feel a little sick. I think some people are more adaped to smelling aromas.

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Brandon It really depends on the aroma, the amount you use (too much can be be very overpowering) and also everyone has personal likes and dislikes - just like food!. For example I really don't like the smell of citronella or lemongrass, so I can't use it for myself or to treat others.

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  about 9 years ago

Loved the article, Helen. I'm sitting here right now with a scented candle burning. I always light candles when I need to stir up inspiration. And, as you said, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils are not the same as synthetic scented candles. Not even in the same ballpark. I love using essential oils for medicinal purposes. I look forward to reading more of your articles.

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  about 9 years ago
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