Essential Oil Recipes for Aromatherapy Candles

I love lighting candles throughout the house, especially when the sun goes down. Now I’m finding I can add healthy benefits for body, mind, and soul every  time I light a candle by  making my own using essential oils. I enjoy my diffuser and diffuser jewelry throughout the day, but in the evening, I love my  candles.  It creates such a peaceful vibe.

If  you’ve  been  using  aromatherapy,  you  already  know  how  wonderful  each essential  oil is  with  its  own  unique  properties.  Candles  give  you  another  way  to  enjoy  the  many benefits,  as  well  as  the  fragrance  and  the  peaceful  atmosphere  they  produce.    

Scented candles are great for meditation, helping you to keep your focus, especially when  you  make candles with essential oils such as lemon,  lemongrass,  bergamot, grapefruit  or  orange,  which  help  get  rid  of  distractions.  Another one that’s nice for meditation because of its grounding  properties is a frankincense  candle.      

One of my favorite morning candles to uplift my mood and get things off to a positive start is orange. It’s both refreshing and invigorating.

In my bedroom, I light up a lavender candle before bedtime to help me sleep.    

Like using essential oils in a diffuser or topically, candles with certain oils are anti-bacterial, antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiviral, helping you with many  physical  issues.

You can use any of your favorite essential oils to make candles. It’s easy and doesn’t cost a lot.    

Tips On Wax

Use soy wax,  which  can  be  melted  in  a  microwave  or  double  boiler,  or  beeswax,  which you’ll  need  to  melt  in  a  double-boiler.    

Skip the paraffin  wax—it’s  a byproduct of petroleum and releases carcinogenic soot when  burned. The toxic chemicals benzene and toluene are  released when this wax is heated, the same as those found in diesel fumes. This can cause respiratory problems or aggravate existing conditions such as  asthma, lung, or heart problems. One reason to make your own candles is to have a healthier environment, so stay away from paraffin wax.

 Supplies you’ll need to make your candles: 

  • Essential  Oils
  • Containers    
  • Wax    
  • Candle  Wicks


  • Using  a  double  boiler,  melt  the  wax.
  • Attach  the  wick  in  the  center  of  the  container.    You  can  use  superglue  or  dip  the metal  tab  of  the  wick  into  the  melted  wax.    
  • Once  completely  melted,  add  essential  oils  to  the  wax.  The  wax  may  have specific  instructions  on  how  much  to  use.  If  not,  try 100 drops of essential  oil  for each  pound of wax.  This is something  you  may  want to experiment  with to get it just  the  way  you  like. 
  • Let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes before pouring it into  the  container. Lightly  hold  the  wick  as  you  do  so.    
  • While  it  cools,  secure  the  wick  by  placing  a  pencil  or  chopstick  on  top  of  the  jar and  lightly  wrapping  the  top  of  the  wick  around  it. 
  • Once cooled,  trim  the  wick  and  enjoy! 

Essential  oils  to  add  to  candle  recipes: 

Use  whatever  essential  oils  you  like,  but  here  are  a  few  ideas  for  your  aromatherapy candles.

  • Destress  and  sleep  tight  with  a  combination  of  three  drops  each  of  lavender and ylang ylang and  one  drop  of  rose  essential  oil.    
  • Rose  benefits  mood  and  emotions  and  is  perfect  for  a  romantic  evening
  • Lemon  brings  a  fresh,  clean  aroma  to  your  home  and  can  also  keep  pests  away.    
  • Here’s  another  one  for  insect  control—a  mixture  of  10  drops  of  lavender  essential oil  and  five  drops  each  of  lemongrass  and  geranium  essential  oil. 
  • Stressed?  Headache?  Light  a  clary  sage  candle.    
  • Your  cinnamon  candle  can  refresh  your  mind  and  boost  your  concentration.
  • Nasal  congestion,  flu,  headache?  Mix  five  drops  each  of  peppermint and  star anise,  along  with  two  drops  of  clary  sage. 
  • For  holiday  candles  (great  gift  idea),  use  juniper  berry  essential  oil for  an evergreen-scented  candle.    

The  possibilities  are  endless.  Try  a  few  of  these  ideas,  as  well  as  some  of your  own. You’ll  have  the  best  smelling  home  with  aromatherapy  candles  that  not  only  smell  good, but  offer  benefits  to  you  and  your  family’s  health.   

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  • Reba Thomas

    Love the essential oils. Great for sleep, calming, and concentration.

  • Donna

    I love your blogs. They help me understand the benefits and get me using my essential oils in my everyday life. Love, love, love the recipes

  • Jude Michaels

    Hi, I love your ideas and candles! I was once told never to use Essential Oils in Candles only fragrant oil so reading this I will certainly be using my E.O’s
    Thank you.

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