These days my schedule is pretty full. If I don’t make resting a priority, it won’t happen. Since rest is one of the best ways to heal your mind and body, I make it a must on my to-do list.
One of my favorite weekly practices is to take a bath.
I light candles, burn a little Palo Santo, and catch up on a book. Obviously, I want my bath to be as therapeutic as possible so I usually toss in some all-natural bath salts, oils, or dried chamomile flowers.
There’s just one problem. I wasn’t using clean-burning candles,
and as Netflix has taught us, there are a lot of harmful chemicals out there. Fragrances and toxins can definitely put a damper on my all-natural therapeutic bath goals. But the good news is making clean-burning candles is pretty easy.
I generally keep beeswax around for when I make lip balms and lotions, and luckily it also happens to make natural candles.
As I mentioned before, I often burn Palo Santo, so it occurred to me to hit two birds with one stone and make a Palo Santo beeswax candle. Palo Santo comes from trees that grow in South America. This wood has a wonderful sweet smell that’s said to invite positive energy to a space. It’s usually sold in bundles or incense sticks; however, (lucky us) they also make an essential oil! Let’s get to making.
Supplies for Palo Santo scented beeswax candles:
1 lb. of beeswax pastilles
1/2 cup of coconut oil (to prevent tunneling)
One 2 oz. bottle of Palo Santo essential oil
#5 cotton wick
Two 3 in. deep by 5 in. wide bowls
1.) Cut two 6 inch pieces of string.
2.) Hot glue one side of the string to the bottom center of the bowl. Repeat with the second string, 2 inches apart, and let the glue dry.
Note: It’s important to use a thick enough wick for the opening of the vessel you use to prevent tunneling.
3.) Tie the tops of the string to the skewer so that it rests on the rim of the bowl, and centers the wicks.
4.) Fill a pot with 2 inches of water and boil.
5.) To a mason jar add coconut oil and one cup of pastilles. Place the mason jar in the center of the pot. Stir the ingredients occasionally.
6.) As the wax melts, add more pastels to the jar one cup at a time.
7.) Once the wax is melted, turn off the heat, then pour in the bottle of essential oil and stir.
8.) Pour wax into the bowl, stopping one inch before the rim, repeat with the second candle. Then let cool.
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