Good evening, all! This afternoon, I ran out of my last candle. I have a tendency to burn at least once candle a day; it’s a mood thing. And what if I told you that certain ingredients/scents actually have health benefits? Get on Pinterest and BLOW YOUR MIND.
It’s very cold outside, and my lazy-self tries to avoid the chilling winds at any cost. I knew that there had to be something in the house that could work. “Think crafty thoughts”, I said over and over in my head.
It is common knowledge that I am all about the DIY life; there is nothing more rewarding than being able to make what you need out of surrounding items (a plus if reused). Preparing for the homestead/off-grid life, I view it as an early start tackling projects like these now.
The search for candle replacement commenced – and not so long after that, I found all of the ingredients needed in my kitchen! Traditionally, candles are made with a natural or paraffin wax (yucky toxins, no thanks) and essential oils, but conveniently I had neither. A nice survival tip that I gained from reading Before Its News really helped out in this situation: emergency candles can be made from Crisco (shortening). It’s not exactly natural, but it’s a nice way to use up the shortening in the house without the guilt/bloating.
Now, we can’t have a candle that doesn’t smell pleasant. But what to use? I always try to take into consideration the health benefits of each ingredient. By doing this, you never know what wonderful health concoctions you can make out of simple kitchen ingredients. For this recipe, I have chosen lemon and cilantro.
B E N E F I T S O F L E M O N
- Detox properties
- Air purification
- Uplifts mood
- Balances pH levels
B E N E F I T S O F C I L A N T R O
- Powerful cleanser & detoxifier
- Increases libido
- Stimulates hormones & enzymes
- Anxiety/insomnia relief
There’s a reason I refer to this as the “30 minute candle”; it literally takes a half an hour TOPS! The majority of the time, you are waiting for the candle to solidify in the freezer. But enough about describing this, let’s get down to business.
T H E 3 0 M I N U T E C A N D L E
- Handful of cilantro, minced
- A half of a lemon; use two slices inside candle and rest of lemon juice for candle garnish
- 1 stick (1 cup) shortening (Crisco, for example)
- Glass microwave-safe jar (no plastic; be environmentally conscious)
- 1 wooded kabob, or stick-like tool (use a stick longer than the opening of jar)
- Cotton twine
- Small metal piece (bolt, washer, screw, etc.)
- Crayon/wax for easy candle coloring
Note: this can be made with coconut oil, combined with bees or soy wax for the golden consistency. Also, this can be made over a fire or stovetop with a double boiler for those want to replace the microwave use.
- Cut up the stick of shortening into the glass jar. Microwave for one minute.
- Mix in crayon for color, optional.
- Add minced cilantro and slices of lemon. Stir in lemon juice.
- Tie metal piece to about 6 inches of twine.
- Hold centered and anchor it above the mouth of the jar with the wooden kabob/stick-like tool.
- Place level in the freezer for 25-28 minutes.
- Cut twine, remove kabob, and light.
- Take pictures, be proud, enjoy.
This is basically a fancy survival candle, but it can be made by anyone! A simple way to solve a simple problem –
I N C O N C L U S I O N
It was very short and sweet today, but I give myself a pat on the back for being able to adhere to the new Monday-Wednesday-Friday posting schedule I created for this blog. In preparation for our future homesteading, posts like this will be happening more frequently! A short, sweet instruction for something simple to make – it can’t get much easier than that! Do you have a sweet candle recipe? Share the link below, or comment to start a discussion! Have a good night, all ☽ ☼ ☾
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