Easy Homemade Candles For Anxiety
Anxiety and depression are both topics I speak of frankly on all of my platforms, (particularly instagram). If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that it’s been a great journey but one that I feel stronger for today after a couple decades where I struggled with it almost daily to the point where it was debilitating. I no longer feel that way. It took much trial and error for me, as it will be for you if you’re just now in the beginning stages of trying to figure out how to best manage or treat your anxiety and depression, but over the years, here’s what I found works best for me. I hope the following inspires you and my handy dandy candle recipe will bring value to you as well.
NATURE. Earthing is a true concept and has worked wonders for me.
Clean eating and moving my body. These two work hand in hand and what inspired the creation of my Beginner Vegan ebook. I believe that whether you’re vegan or not, a diet heavy in whole, plant based foods is wonderful for both your body and the environment. No matter what or how I’m eating, I make sure I eat a ton of dark, leafy greens in the form of collards, kale, spinach, swiss chard, moringa, etc. Yes, moving your body is great for releasing endorphins, but did you know that most of our serotonin is produced in our gut? Clogging it with heavy, processed foods (not matter how “clean”) acts counterintuitively. There’s nothing like a diet that’s highlighted with a variety and abundance of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
Meditations and breath work. I still struggle with quick, shallow breathing when I’m particularly stressed or anxious but today, I’m aware of it and can quickly re-focus on my breath. Meditation has really helped with that as well. Your mind is your most powerful tool and I’ve learned that you can truly curate your thoughts (with a lot of work and time). Meditation can transport me anywhere and empowers me to challenge negative thoughts and energy.
Research and talk therapy. I started reading more about practicing mindfulness several years ago per my therapists recommendation and it’s been brilliant to learn about. Research, read, and grow. There’s such a wealth of information out there about the mind body connection. You can teach yourself coping mechanisms or reframing. You can retrain your mind to focus on the positive! It’s also great to have a professional, objective opinion. I read as much as I can but I also enjoy discussing new concepts with a trained professional (which in my opinion, can’t be substituted with a close friend). Sometimes, it’s also just nice to talk out your problems. In my opinion, a good therapist doesn’t just tell you what you should/shouldn’t do, rather, they’ll guide you to answering many of the questions you have yourself. Never stop learning.
Plant medicine. There are several I’m a huge advocate of but on the daily, it’s my essential oils that get the most leg work. I use it in pretty much every single one of my beauty DIY’s to simply diffusing after a long day. Essential oils are concentrated vials of energy and I’ve discovered through my research that with every ailment that plagues us, there seems to be a plant that Mother Nature has grown just for us to heal it. A wasp sting? Tea tree. A burn? Noni. Itchy scalp? Rosemary. Sore throat? Clove. Wrinkles? Frankincense. The list really never ends. Specifically for anxiety, I enjoy ylang-ylang, tulsi, lavender, and geranium. Today, I blend these with organic beeswax to create a candle that releases its all of their beautiful properties at your convenience (especially since on our island, the power goes out every two weeks or so like clockwork and electrically diffusing them isn’t an option). Not only does my diy produce a functional product (hello, darkness), it’s also quick and simple enough as a last minute Mother’s day gift idea or as an introductory step into candle making or essential oils.
- 1 cup beeswax
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2-4 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
- 2-4 drops of tulsi essential oil
- 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2-4 drops of geranium essential oil
- Candle wick with tab
- Coconut shell/tea cup/mason jar
- Melt the beeswax.
- Stir in the coconut oil. Allow this to cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in all of the essential oils.
- Set the wick as shown in the video.
- Pour into your desired vessel.
- Snip wick when solidified.
- Allow to cure for up to 2 weeks for best results.