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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 lotionThe 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Melt the wax and body butter in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring occasionally
  3. When the wax/butter mixture is melted into a liquid form remove from heat
  4. Add your choice of oils including the CBD oil, gently stir until mixed
  5. Add your selection of essential oils, gently stir until blended.
  6. Pour the mixer into one or more containers making sure the wick is straight, and it extends several inches above the filled jar.
  7. 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.
  8. Once the candle is in a solid form, you can unwrap the wick and trim it down to fit the container.
  9. 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!

Author’s Bio

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.