DIY: Wellbeing Candle
Aimee Prasek, PhD
Jan 29, 2017
Wellbeing Candle Ingredients
- 3 Half-pint canning jars.
- 1 lb 100% pure beeswax.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil.
- Essential oils (optional)
- Dried herbs, chopped (optional)
- Small paper writing (optional)
- 60 ply 100% cotton wick, cut into 6 inch pieces (can purchase wicks with metal holder attached for easy placement- as seen in video)
- 3 Clothespins
- Metal or glass bowl for heating ingredients. Important: beeswax is hard to remove from a surface after it cools, so use a bowl that you don't mind desgnating as your new candle/craft/bodycare bowl.
- Wooden spoon (again, beeswax sticks, so this will likely be your new craft spoon).
- Large pot for boiling water (your bowl noted above needs to be able to sit comfortably atop this pot).
Beeswax Candle How-To
- Fill pot with water. When you place your bowl on the pot, water should sit about 1" below.
- Place pot on stove at high heat. .
- Place beeswax in bowl.
- Bring pot of water to a low boil (likely medium heat).
- Place bowl on top of pot and slowly melt beeswax. Note: beeswax is flammable! Be mindful as you create your candle and avoid getting any beeswax near your stove flame or element.
- After beeswax melts, turn stove off and add coconut oil. Stir with wooden spoon.
- Add 10-20 drops of essential oil.
- If using paper writing, dip two ends in wax and gently place as desired on the inside wall of the jar.
- If using wicks with metal holders, then gently dip in oil and place in the center of each jar. Secure each wick with a clothespin, letting the clothespin rest atop the jar.
- If not using the prepared wicks, simply fill a jar with 1/4 inch of the wax/oil and place the wick in the center of the jar. Hold in place until the wax cools a bit (about 2-3 minutes) and then secure with a clothespin.
- Pour remaing wax/oil into each jar, leaving at least 3/4 inch headspace. If adding herbs, sprinkle in a bit as you add the wax/oil in about five sections.
- Let jars cool overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Trim wick as needed (wick should stand about 1/2 inch above candle).
- Light the candle and enjoy!
Note: The first time you light your candle, keep it lit for several hours or at least until the candle surface fully melts. This can help avoid uneven melting or tunneling in the future.
Aimee Prasek, PhD
Aimee has gathered diverse experiences studying and practicing with scholars and healers all across the globe. Her work is fully-focused on making mindfulness-based practices more accessible and helping individuals boost wellbeing, defeat chronic stress, and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Aimee completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota (UMN) with a research focus in integrative healing therapies (i.e., yoga & mindfulness-based practices) for wellbeing and to reduce symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. She also received her MA in Holistic Health Studies (University of St. Catherine), an MA in Health Journalism (UMN), and she is certified in a variety of wellness systems & practices (NASM CPT, E-RYT 500, PYT-500, Healing Touch, Reiki, & group fitness).