Hello loves! This article is jammed packed with not one tutorial, but two! If you're looking for a way to up your DIY game and use it towards your practice, check out the sections below.
Making a Healing Candle
I love candles. As someone who often buys smaller candles for spellwork, I was always curious as to how they were made. To my surprise, most of them are usually made with paraffin. If you're not aware of paraffin, they're derived from petroloum. While they're cheaper to use with body care applications, using them as candles does emit a strong odor. I remember using a candle that contained paraffin and didn't like the aftersmell behind it. Moreover, it releases toxic chemicals in the air, which is not safe especially when you're around children and pets.
I did some research and found a better alternative - beeswax. Unlike paraffin, beeswax is made naturally by worker bees. It has been around for thousand of years and has been used in various applications. Beeswax is incredibly versitile. The nice thing about creating beeswax candles is that it has a slower burning time, which is perfect for those who want to make their spells last longer. While beeswax doesn't hold scents too well, I found out that adding coconut oil along with my essential oils does help hold the scent a lot longer. Still, even without the scents, the warm glow from the candle is just as inviting as the sun. If you're curious about how I created my own beeswax candle, then keep on reading!
You Will Need:
- Beeswax pellets
- Candle tins
- Essential oils of your choice
- Coconut Oil
- Hemp Wicks
- Wick stickers
- Two pots (we'll be using the double boil method as this is a lot easier)
- Depending on what type of tins you're using, it's best to measure them one at a time. For the candle tins that I'm using, I would scoop the pellets onto the tin just to get an idea on how much I'll need to fill. The ratio for the beeswax and coconut oil is usually 1:1 since you want to make sure that whatever scents you use, it'll hold up nicely upon the burning process.
- Once you figure out how much you'll need, pour the beeswax and coconut oil into the pot. Place it on the side for now. From there, take a wick and glue it onto the bottom of the tin can. Because of the thick consistency with beeswax, I chose hemp wick as it's sturdier and will allow a stable flame, rather than using a cotton wick. I use the wick stickers to help make it easy. However, if you don't have them at hand, you can just use a bit of glue on the bottom to seal. Wait for it to dry.
- Gather your essential oils. The trickiest part (in my opinion) is to choose which scents to put on the candle. For the most part, I've used citrus based oils. When creating your blend, be sure to keep it separately. You'll want to add those as the last step once the wax is melted. Otherwise, if you add it early, it'll evaporate by the time it's done.
- Find a pot and add a bit of water. Place the pot with the beeswax and coconut oil inside the water pot. Set it to medium heat. Let the contents in the pot melt and stir them slowly.
- Once the contents are fully melted, add at least 10 to 20 drops of your desired essential oil into the pot. Give it a quick stir. Immediately, remove from heat and pour the mixture into the tin can.
- While the candle is curing, be sure to keep your wick straight and steady. I've used two chopsticks or two markers to keep them propped in the middle to prevent them from tipping.
- Allow the candle to cure for about 30 minutes. Once it's fully solidified, trim the wick to your desired length.
You can see the amount of candles I've produced so far. I created the labels via Photoshop, printed them on vinyl paper and used a 2.5" circle punch for a more professional look.
Making a healing salve
As someone who keeps her makeup minimal (eyebrows, mascara and eye liner only), I wanted to find a way where I can create an all purpose salve for every part of my body. I never liked using multiple skin care products as they aggravate my skin due to the chemicals. Moreover, being a mother and having an active child on my hands, I do anticipate the cuts and bruises whenever my son runs around.
Making an all purpose healing salve is life changing, in my opinion. The thought of creating your own salve for whatever you need is truly astounding. You can can create a salve for protection, for connecting with your partner, for unlocking your third eye, etc. The list goes on!
For the salve that I created in the picture below, I used a combination of Lavender and Cannabis (and no, these won't make me hallucinate. The Cannabis oil was purchased at EdensGarden.com). I wanted a salve that not only calms my skin, but also help reduce the stress on my feet.
You will need:
- Beeswax pellets
- Tin can
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Jojoba oil
- Essential oils of your choice
- Dried herbs (optional)
- Two pots as we will use the double boil method
- With one pot, fill it with water. For the second pot - fill in the desired amount of beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. Generally, I do a 1:1 ratio on all of the contents. However, if you want your salve to be more creamier, then you can use more coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. There is a bit of trial and error when making the salves since it's based on preference.
- Using the double boiler method, set your stove on medium heat. Cook the contents until it's fully melted.
- Once they are melted, add in the desired amount of essential oils and dried herbs into the mix. Give it a quick stir.
- Pour the mixture into your tin. Let the salve cool down until it's fully cured. It should do so within 10 - 20 minutes.
I hope you enjoyed the two tutorials! Let me know what you think in the comments.