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DIY Stress Relief Candle

I’m sure everyone has noticed how lighting a candle during the late afternoon or evening can dramatically change the atmosphere of a room. And it’s not just the soft, flickering flame which helps to calm you down, but potentially the scent as well.

Aromatherapy can affect our mood, and even though the pathways aren’t exactly clear, the results show that certain scents can help people relax and de-stress. Aromatherapy can be as simple as lighting an oil or incense burner, or you can get creative and make your own stress relief candle like the one below.

And making your own candle is also a good way to upcycle old candle wax. Collect any un-melted wax, grate it up and remelt it. The original scent of your upcycled candle probably won’t persist, since the essential oils (EOs) will be lost during the re-melting process, which means you will have to add your own EOs before pouring your candle.

Scents for Stress Relief

So, which scents help us relax? That depends on the individual, but lavender EO seems to be the most widely researched with the most promising results for reducing stress and anxiety, including decreasing blood pressure and heart rate. But other studies have found promising results for other scents, including bergamot, lemon and ylang ylang EO, especially when combined with lavender.

Candle Making Set Up

I’m using my own DIY candle wicks, but you can also buy them in any craft store. To make your own wicks, simply soak wooden popsicle sticks in olive or any vegetable oil for at least 3 days, but first you should trim them to the approximate width which is suitable to the diameter of your container. Below is a very rough guide for wooden wick width compared to container size.

Size Container Diameter Wooden Wick Width
Small 1.2 – 1.5 inch / 30 – 38 mm 0.4 inch / 9.5 mm
Medium 1.5 – 2.4 inch / 38 – 62 mm 0.5 inch / 12.7 mm
Large 2.4 – 3.2 inch / 63 – 83 mm 0.6 inch / 15.9 mm
Extra Large 3.2 – 3.5 inch / 84 – 90 mm 0.7 inch / 19 mm

For example, my containers, which are recycled glass jars, are roughly 2.3 inch (58 mm) in diameter, so I have trimmed my wicks down to about 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) before placing them in olive oil for 3 days.DIY Stress Relief Candle- Candle Wicks


  • Trial and error is the best way to get a well burning candle since the type of wax, the type and size of the wick and the shape of your container will all affect how it burns.
  • Don’t use soy wax, as this tends to reduce the intensity of the scent.
  • Wooden wicks only need to be about 0.25 inch (6 mm) above the wax and unlike string wicks, they can be inserted either before or after pouring your wax.
  • If you are recycling a glass jar as your candle container, make sure to use one which has an opening roughly the same size as the body of the jar to ensure even burning (some glasses have interesting shapes, but they will produce “interesting” results once you light them).

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  1. How much wax? This is easy to figure out. Weight how much water your container holds in oz or grams and multiply this by 0.86. For example, my jar holds approximately 9.3 oz (263 ml) of water, which means I need about 8 oz (226 g) of wax.DIY Stress Relief Candle- Meausre wax
  2. Set up a simple double boiler system. Place your heat proof bowl or jug in a pot of hot water, add your grated wax and stir until it has melted.Set up your double boiler
  3. Remove the bowl or jug from the double boiler and wait for the wax to cool down to about 185 °F (85 °C) before adding your EO and then stir thoroughly. In general, 6% EO is a good starting point, with a maximum of 12%. In my situation, I have 8 oz (226 g) of wax, which means I need about 0.5 oz (13.6 g) of EO.add EOs to your candle
  4. Pour the mix into your container, insert the wooden wick and secure it with a peg until the wax has hardened. You may need to trim the wick if it is longer than 0.25 inch (6 mm) above the wax.DIY Stress Relief Candle- Pour the mix in the container


It is recommended to wait 3 days before lighting your new candle, and if you are using coconut wax, then you should wait a week.finished stress relief candle

Using a wooden wick takes longer to light but they should produce a flame the same as a string wick.

Researchers noticed a significant improvement in anxiety and stress within 4 weeks of daily use of lavender aromatherapy.


Lighting a candle can provide several beneficial effects for stress relief. Candle meditation can increase cognitive performance and focus, improve memory and spatial attention, and reduce anxiety and stress.

Aromatherapy candles, which contain essential oils, provide a soothing atmosphere and stimulate the part of the brain connected to mood and memory. The calming effects of candles are also due to our associations with candlelight, which can help the body relax and promote better sleep, enhanced immunity, and positivity.

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I enjoyed this article! Would you recommend using 100% beeswax for this project? Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Hi Karen,

We’re happy to hear you enjoyed the article!
Yes, you can use beeswax. Beeswax candles are a natural alternative to paraffin wax candles and are known for their long burn time and sweet honey scent.

Many blessings and good health!

Great idea! I’m going to try this. Thanks.

Hi Don,

That’s great to hear! Let us know how it turned out.

Many blessings and good health!

This article is very timely. About a week ago for no particular reason I lit a candle in evening when I sit down to read/watch/scroll after dinner. It was surprisingly comforting and restful in the cold dark winter night (Southern Hemisphere of course) so I have continued to do it. However, I am astonished to learn that you can use a popsicle stick as a wick. I always keep unused wax from tealights etc and then wonder what to do with it. This is such a great idea. Thanks!

Hello Dayle,

We’re very happy to hear you enjoyed the article! Let us know if you make this stress-relief candle.

Many blessings and good health!

You forgot to mention that wax can create wholes in the jar and how to prevent that

Lower the temp that you pour the wax. I have found if you add you EO at the high temp it fuses better with the wax and a better scent throw is achieved. However after adding you EO and stirring let the wax cook to about 120f degrees and the pour. You may still get a little tunneling and some dimpling. This can be fixed by using a heat gun or simply burning the candle. Minor tunneling and dimpling won’t impact the performance of the candle.

Some scented candles harm pets, especially birds.

Can you use Crisco or inexpensive vegetable oil to make these?

Hi Linda,

Yes, you can make candles using shortening. Shortening candles are a creative and easy way to make homemade candles without wax. To make shortening candles, you will need a can of cooking shortening, containers to pour the melted shortening into, standard cotton cooking twine and a small metal nut (or small candles). You can melt the shortening down and add different EOs.

Many blessings and good health!

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Hi Maria,

Thank you for your kind words! We’re happy to hear you like the article.

Many blessings and good health!

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