How to Make Natural Candles – Choosing the Best Wax For Making Candles at Home

There are several natural waxes to choose from for your homemade candle.

While paraffin may be natural in that it’s a petroleum-based wax it has been shown to be not so healthy & doesn’t burn clean so I think we can eliminate this wax.

Healthier natural candle waxes are Palm, Beeswax, and Soy & Ghee.

Let’s check out some pros & cons of each of these waxes.

Palm in made from the wax of the berry of the Palm tree. It’s white, all natural, renewable & clean burning.

Palm wax has a unique crystalline structure that is very attractive.

It can hold a very high scent load. Some palm waxes can hold up to twice as much scent as paraffin or soy wax.

Palm wax comes in granular form, is very easy to work with & it pools evenly when lit. It doesn’t need any additives & it cleans up easily with soap & warm water.

Cons of palm wax; the cost of palm wax is a slightly more than Soy wax.

Turning to Soy candle making, this wax has lots of Pros too. It burns long, cool & clean.

Here is a list of advantages a manufacturer gives about their soy wax:

o Made with pure, 100% natural soybeans

o Longer, cooler and cleaner burning without soot buildup

o Made in the USA with domestically grown crops

o Produced containing NO Genetically Modified Material

o Manufactured meeting FDA and Kosher standards

o Easy to clean up with soap and hot water eliminating solvents

o Renewable sustainable resources requiring plant growth

o Biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides

o Very stable allowing for long shelf life

o Not subject to animal testing

Cons of soy candles:

It’s stated by some manufactures that soy candles are produced containing no Genetically Modified Material. For most soy waxes this is only true because after processing there is no DNA in the wax left to assess whether the soy beans used were GMO or not. In the United States in 2002, 98% of the soybean harvest was either genetically modified (GMO) or non-GMO mixed in with GMO soybeans. The only reliable source of non-GMO soybeans are Identity Preserved or Certified Organic, these are very few. This means buying soy wax that is not Identity Preserved or certified organic is supporting the biotech industry. This is a disadvantage of soy wax in my opinion. Also I feel soy candles made from GMO soybeans can’t really be called “natural” as their DNA was humanly modified, the fact that the DNA was later removed doesn’t negate that.

Now lets look at Beeswax which has been used for candles since ancient times.

It burns slow & clean & has its own sweet fragrance.

It gives of more light & heat than other waxes & is virtually drip less.

Beeswax is the only fuel to emit negative ions when burning & this process cleans the air of positive ions such as dust, odors, toxins, pollen, mold, dust mites feces, and viruses.

Lighting a beeswax candle inspires a spiritual feeling; they have traditionally been the candles of choice in many churches.

Using a sheet of beeswax & rolling it up with a wick inside is such a simple way to start making candles, a pair of scissors are the only equipment needed. Beeswax candle making with sheets is child’s play.

Poured beeswax candles are just as easy to make as candles make with other waxes.

One con for beeswax is that the price is significantly more than other waxes but this is balanced by the quality it has of burning slower & lasting longer than other waxes. Beeswax can be added to other waxes to increase their burn time. Beeswax candles have their own natural sweet fragrance with which only some aromas will nicely blend. Beeswax can be bought in either a yellow or white color. Some white beeswax may have been bleached & have chemicals added, best check with the supplier.

Bayberry wax is an aromatic greenish vegetable wax that is removed from the surface of the Bayberry by boiling the berries in water and skimming the wax from the surface. Burning a Bayberry candle to the nub during the holidays is a 300-year tradition supposed to bring good luck in the coming year. Bayberry wax is recommended for making dipped tapers only & may not burn well as votive, tea-light or pillar candles.

Bayberry wax costs about 4 times that of Beeswax. It takes 15 pounds of Bayberries to make one pound of wax. It has a warm, earthy fragrance reminiscent of newly mown hay, and dries to a lovely olive green color. A small amount can be added to other waxes to make them harder & impart its green color. This is a pro as there are no other natural colorants for candles apart from the yellow of the beeswax. All natural candles, that is totally natural candles, are white unless they have beeswax or bayberry wax added.

Ghee lamps have traditionally been used by Sikhs & Hindus for thousands of years as a spiritual practice. Lighting the light dispels darkness & brings comfort, hope & peace. Lighting a light with cow ghee specifically is said to ensure radiance & heavenly bliss, prosperity, health & happiness.

Ghee is made from unsalted clarified butter. It is easy to make for one’s self at home or one can buy it from the grocery store. Organic ghee is available. Once one learns to make a container candle one can make a ghee candle. Securing the wick in the middle of the container without glue is the trick. Traditionally the receptacle of the ghee is earthen mud, silver, gold or brass, never stainless steel. The wick traditionally is laid on the bottom of the container & is propped up on the side of the lamp rather than standing up straight in the middle. I have bought a ghee candle made in a small glass jar with a lid that has a central wick & it works fine. I would be very careful about propping the wick on the side of a glass container. Ghee is very soft at room temperature & a liquid when heated so it needs a container. My ghee candle burns without a ghee smell & gives a very sweet feeling. Now I know how to wick the jar I can keep renewing the candle by adding ghee & wicks or I can make a much bigger one that burns longer for the same price as my little store bought candle.

Whichever material you use for your candle, don’t let having to decide which wax delay you making one! Choose a wax & make a candle, its fun, can save you money & using the candles brings bliss.



Source by Jess Woods

Staying Awake at the Wheel – Natural Help From Essential Oils

To stay alert and attentive at the wheel, forget the coffee, coffee and more coffee! Researchers from the Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV have shown that a whiff of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) or Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)essential oil increases alertness, reduces fatigue, and even lowers drivers’ anxiety and frustration.

 

To test the effects of the aromas from these essential oils, the researchers had 25 college students sniff peppermint, cinnamon, or a non-odor control for 30 seconds every 15 minutes during simulated driving conditions.  

 

Prolonged driving led to increased anger and fatigue, and decreased vigor. With the scent of peppermint essential oil, fatigue, anxiety, and driver frustration ratings fell significantly and driver alertness ratings rose impressively.  

 

Smelling cinnamon also made drivers more alert and lowered their levels of frustration. Additionally, with the periodic whiffs of cinnamon aroma, ratings of “workload” associated with driving also fell.  

 

With these results it is reasonable to expect that periodic sniffs of peppermint or cinnamon essential oils may produce a more alert and conscientious driver and minimize fatigue associated with long road trips. 

 

There are endless instances where this could be helpful. A couple that come to mind are staying awake in church during a boring sermon, or staying awake during a recital or lecture. It is certain that most people will have some occasion where more alertness is needed. Use of these essential oils is a safe, natural way to keep alert. 

 

Take caution, however, when you sniff a bottle of cinnamon oil. It is really strong, so hold it several inches away from your nose, or sniff the cap. Otherwise it may be a bit overwhelming. 

 

While driving, put a few drops of the essential oil on a tissue, and then stick the end of the tissue in the vent of the air-conditioner, letting the air blow on the tissue and dispersing the oil throughout the car. This is similar to having your own diffuser. Now everyone in the car can perk up, and as a bonus, the stale air in the car will now be freshened. 

 

I invite you to my web-page to learn more about essential oils. 

 

This article is written for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical problems. The advice and care of a physician is recommended for your health concerns. Aromatherapy is intended as complementary care with health care providers, not as an alternative to care. 



Source by Judy Lausch

Candle Love Spell – Get Back Your Lost Love

The golden rule about any Candle Love Spell is never to influence another person’s free will. If your lover wishes to come back to you on his/her own, only then will a Candle Love Spell work. Now let us get on with a few facts about love spells using candles.

Magic spells using candles have an ancient origin; they belong to the family of sympathetic magic and are simple, yet very powerful. And fancy complicated rituals are not at all necessary. If you want, you can customize a magic Candle Love Spell to suit your needs.

For candle love spells, normally pink and red candles are used. But if there is a lack of such colored candles, then paganism and Wiccan rituals permit the substitution of white candles. It is better to avoid petroleum based candles and use candles made of soy or natural beeswax. However, tradition permits you to use any type of candle as long as you charge your candles before performing the ritual.

The other name for this is dressing the altar candle. You have to prepare and charge your candle by inscribing names on it, anointing it with different types of essential oil and endowing it with your energy.

How to cast a Candle Love Spell?

After performing the steps described above, you have to cleanse your mind and body by taking a bath in essential oils and you also need to clean out the area surrounding you.

Relax your mood and mind, hold your candle. Then you have to envisage your lover coming back to you. Continue thinking about this mental image while the energy rising from your fervor gets embedded inside the candle.

Then you have to light the candle, watch it burn down, all the while dreaming about your lover coming back to you. At last, you either have to extinguish the candle mid way or let it burn down completely. You have to store the wax puddle and all other remains carefully in a silk scarf and keep the whole bundle in a safe place.

Tips for Candle Love Spell

You can use virgin red candles.

Name of your lost lover can be inscribed lengthwise on the candle using a nail or a knife tip or a pencil.

For anointing your candle, you can use virgin olive oil.

Using 7 thorns picked from a red primrose bush can increase the potency of the spell.

In the absence of rose thorns, you may use straight pins.

You may even chant a mantra while the candle burns and you are deep in your fervor. Repeat the following mantra thrice.

“Powers of the universe Bring…X…. back to me This is my will So mote it be.”



Source by Jack Daniel Morris