What could be more relaxing than sitting in your favorite comfy chair surrounded by the warm glow and soothing scents of a few essential oil-infused candles? Those pleasant aromas floating around of lavender, Roman chamomile, and lemon quickly melt your stress away. You can level-up the stress r … The CBD world is no stranger to innovation. From exciting new products unlike anything else to imaginative spins on timeless classics, CBD connoisseurs are doing it all.
How to Make Homemade CBD Massage Oil Candles
What could be more relaxing than sitting in your favorite comfy chair surrounded by the warm glow and soothing scents of a few essential oil-infused candles? Those pleasant aromas floating around of lavender, Roman chamomile, and lemon quickly melt your stress away. You can level-up the stress relief of using candles by making your own CBD massage oil candles.
Massage oil candles are made from candle wax, body butter, and emollients blended with essential oils. They look like regular candles, but when lit the heat of the flame turns the candle into a warm oil that can be used for massages or as a topical lotion. The relaxing benefits and soothing qualities of your DIY candle increases with the addition of CBD oil. A homemade cannabis candle with massage oils has everything you need in one beautiful jar for a relaxing and enjoyable evening at home.
What is Aromatherapy?
The art of aromatherapy dates back at least 6,000 years. Ancient civilizations used the parts of the plants much like we do today by extracting the oils for a variety of applications including medicinal purposes. Like our ancestors, our current day practice of aromatherapy uses natural cannabis plant extracts to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being.
Essential oils are extracted from the aromatic parts of plants, herbs, and trees. The oils are concentrated to create their unique characteristics that make up their aromas and beneficial properties. Essential oils can be dispersed in the air as aromatics by diffusers, sprays, or candles. They can be applied directly to the skin as tinctures, lotions, creams, and massage oils. And some can also be taken internally. When choosing to use essential oils in food or drink, it’s important to work closely with a trained aromatherapist. Some essential oils can be dangerous when ingested.
There are many health benefits attributed to essential oils. Some of the most common uses are for pain relief, better sleep, more focus, and stress-reduction. Essential oils are also often used to relieve joint pain and inflammation due to arthritis, fight bacteria, virus, and fungus infections, improve digestion, and relieve the symptoms of cancer and the side-effects of cancer treatments.
Essential oils and hybrid mixes come in a wide variety of scents and flavors. Some of the most popular include lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, Roman chamomile, tea tree, ylang-ylang, patchouli, and CBD. Yes, CBD is considered an essential oil. It has many of the same benefits as other oils including pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and improved sleep.
Benefits of CBD Candles
A CBD candle can be an excellent way to help you relax. It’s also beneficial for meditation practices. CBD or Cannabidiol is derived from the cannabis strains. The same plant as marijuana but without the THC, meaning the CBD won’t get you high. It has many of the health benefits associated with cannabis, but without the psychoactive effect.
Incorporated into a candle CBD oil works the same way as other essential oils do. Although, for CBD oil the healing qualities are not in the aroma. Using CBD in massage oil is an excellent way to get the benefit of the substance. When the candle melts, you have a warm, sensual CBD infused massage oil.
Homemade CBD massage oil candle recipes
Depending on your level of expertise and personal preference, there are several ways to make CBD massage oil candles. The most commonly used base for a massage candle is soy wax, either in flakes or as solid form. Body butter and oils such as Shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and CBD oil are added to give the candle the softness needed to be used as a lotion. Essential oils are included for their aroma and combined in the massage oil for their healing properties.
The basic Ingredients for the massage candle include:
- Your choice of a wax base. Soy as flakes or a solid wax works well for this type of candle. (flakes melt faster than solids)
- Body butter of your choice –shea, and cocoa are excellent choices. You can use one or two types for a super-softening effect.
- Oils of your choice –CBD, almond, coconut, avocado…add one or more (For every 3 oz. of wax add 1 oz. of oil)
- Your choice of essential oils- 20 drops total per each batch of wax
You will also need:
- Wicks (pre-made are the easiest to use. Make sure the wicks are specifically for soy wax candles)
- Containers for the candles (glass works best. Recycle an old candle jar or other glass containers)
- Double-boiler (a heat-resistant container and a pot, or 2 pots work if you don’t have a double-boiler)
Steps to make the candles:
- Center the wick in the middle of the container. You can glue the metal tab to the bottom of the jar to keep it in place when you pour the wax in. Make sure there are at least 2 inches of wick above the container to trim after the wax cools.
- Melt the wax and body butter in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring occasionally
- When the wax/butter mixture is melted into a liquid form remove from heat
- Add your choice of oils including the CBD oil, gently stir until mixed
- Add your selection of essential oils, gently stir until blended.
- Pour the mixer into one or more containers making sure the wick is straight, and it extends several inches above the filled jar.
- Secure the wicks to let the candle mixture cool. You can use popsicles sticks, chopsticks, or pencils. Wrap the wick around the utensil and lay it across the mouth of the container.
- Once the candle is in a solid form, you can unwrap the wick and trim it down to fit the container.
- To use the CBD massage oil candle, light the wick and let it burn for about 10 to 15 minutes. Once the wax and oils have melted, scoop some up with your finger or a spoon, apply to your skin or someone else’s and enjoy!
Rebecca Akers is an enthusiastic and creative writer at THC Design. Her main goal is to spread information about growing cannabis and its health benefits.
All About CBD Candles: FAQs and DIYs
The CBD world is no stranger to innovation. From exciting new products unlike anything else to imaginative spins on timeless classics, CBD connoisseurs are doing it all. Now, one recent innovation is taking the spotlight: CBD candles.
What makes CBD candles special? What benefits do they offer? And can you make them yourself?
In this article, we cover all this and more, giving you everything you need to know about these exciting new CBD products.
Let’s dive into the world of CBD candles!
What Are CBD Candles?
CBD candles, as the name implies, are candles infused with CBD.
Just like traditional candles, they come in all shapes, sizes, and scents, and are made from a combination of wax and oils.
And with the right combination of ingredients, CBD candles can create a powerfully pleasant and relaxing atmosphere to match any mood or occasion.
Even more, CBD candles may be able to offer some of the therapeutic benefits of CBD, making your aromatic candles more relaxing than ever before!
The Benefits of CBD Candles
So CBD candles smell delicious, but what makes them stand out from the traditional candles you know and love?
Simple: CBD candles can infuse your home with several of the therapeutic benefits that CBD has to offer.
CBD is known to offer several powerful benefits to mental health, mood, and comfort.
- CBD has strong anti-anxiety properties
- CBD can help relieve stress
- CBD can reduce pain and inflammation
What’s more, CBD actually works best when inhaled in a vapor or smoke. That’s because of CBD bioavailability. In short, the lungs are far more absorptive than other ingestion methods, which means that the body will benefit from inhalable CBD faster and will benefit more from the dose.
Combining candles’ aromatherapeutic potential with CBD’s therapeutic benefits is a recipe for success. These innovative takes on a timeless classic can kick your relaxation routine into overdrive and enhance your chill like never before.
Will CBD Candles Make Your Home Smell Like Pot?
Despite the fact that CBD candles are infused with hemp extract, they won’t suddenly make your home smell like marijuana.
That’s because CBD products use hemp extracts, not raw plant material. As such, they don’t have most of the terpenoids and other compounds that are responsible for cannabis’s distinctive aroma.
Of course, many CBD oils do have a taste and odor of their own. Choosing the right “flavor” of CBD oil can add a fruity twist, a citrus bite, or any other flavor you please!
But if you want to minimize CBD’s impact on the smell of your favorite candle mix, just use a 100% THC-free CBD Oil, or even CBD Isolate Powder for your DIY CBD candle creations!
Making Your Own CBD Candles
More vendors are offering their own CBD candles, but you can get in on the fun, too!
Making your own CBD candles is easy, cost-effective, and fun. What’s more, it allows you to customize your aromatherapeutic, CBD-infused candles with scents that perfectly match your preferences.
But to have the best DIY experience, there are a few important tips to keep in mind.
Pick the Right Scents
With candles of any sort, picking the wrong scent is a recipe for disappointment.
That’s just as true with CBD-infused candles. Be sure to pick scents that go along with your own preference.
You should also be sure to choose scents based on how you intend to use the CBD candle. For instance, lavender is a great scent for relaxation but may not be ideal if you’re looking for an invigorating aromatherapy experience.
We’ll leave it to the experts to guide you in selecting your scents, but guides like this one are a great place to start!
Choose the Right CBD Products
There’s no shortage of CBD products to choose from, and almost any of them make for a great DIY CBD candle option.
The best ones are likely going to include:
- CBD oils and tinctures
- CBD isolate powder
- CBD coconut oil
However, we recommend not using most CBD topicals, as those often contain other ingredients that may not be safe for burning in CBD candles. Other products such as CBD vapes should similarly be avoided, as the consistency may not be ideal for mixing with your wax or another candle base.
Find Your Ideal CBD Dosage
This one can be a little tricky, even more so for CBD candles than for most other products!
Different CBD dosages are appropriate for different uses. For example, fighting anxiety and stress may demand a different dose than reducing pain and inflammation. Even more so, different people will require different doses for a given purpose.
Ultimately, only firsthand experience can determine what dose is right for your needs and intended uses. If you have experience with other CBD products, then that’s probably your best early indicator of where to start.
But CBD candles make finding the right CBD dose even trickier. Consider the following factors:
- CBD candles are inhaled, making them more like CBD vapes than like CBD oils.
- You probably won’t be burning the entire candle in a single sitting.
- Whatever proportion of the candle you burn, you won’t actually be inhaling the entirety of that dose; some will go wherever the scent of the candle reaches.
These and more factors just reinforce one thing: finding the right CBD potency for your CBD candles is going to take some trial and error. Which leads us to our last point.
Practice Makes Perfect
Like most things in life, making the perfect CBD candle is going to take some practice.
Don’t get frustrated if your first attempt isn’t perfect. Instead, focus on improving your DIY candles with each attempt. After a while, you’ll be making the perfect product for your needs!
Here are some guidelines:
- First, focus on your raw materials. It’s easier to refine your choice of scent and CBD products than it is to perfect your dose.
- Play around with different sizes of candle, and consider starting with smaller-sized ones while you’re working out the kinks.
- Perfecting your CBD dosage is probably going to take the most trial and error. Don’t stress if your first few attempts don’t work precisely as intended. Instead, focus on making incremental changes until you find the dose that works for your needs.
CBD Choice’s DIY CBD Candle Recipe
Here’s a simple recipe for CBD candles that’ll get you started off right.
Note that the recipe assumes you’re using a 14-1oz mason jar to hold your melted wax. Feel free to use a different size (preferably smaller for your first few attempts); just be sure to adjust the amount of wax you use accordingly.
What You’ll Need
- Mason jar (14-16oz)
- Candle wick
- ~1lb of candle wax, your choice of scents
- A double boiler (can be improvised)
- A food thermometer
- Your choice of CBD product
- Hot glue gun (or another way to secure wick to base of mason jar)
What To Do
- Secure the wick at the base of your mason jar.
- Place the double boiler on the stove and melt the candle wax over medium-low heat.
- Once wax is completely melted, remove it from heat. Allow the wax to cool to ~120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add your dose of CBD product to the wax, then stir until well-integrated.
- Secure the wick to prevent it from falling into the wax mixture, then add your CBD + wax mixture into the mason jar.
- Stabilize the wick perpendicular to the base of the mason jar, then allow the wax to cool completely.
- Trim your wick, leaving a little more than ½ inch above the top of the cooled wax.
Of course, there are many other ways to make your CBD candles, and virtually any traditional DIY candle can easily be made into a CBD-infused treat!
For instance, consider making a simple coconut oil candle. This might just be the simplest method, and there is even CBD-infused coconut oil that you can use to take out virtually all of the effort.