How to Add Dried Herbs to Candle Wax

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Things You'll Need

  • Herbs

  • Knife

  • Paraffin wax

  • Double boiler

  • Spoon

  • Candle molds

  • Candlewicks

Don't add large pieces of dried herbs to your candle wax.

Adding dried herbs to the hot wax during candle-making gives fragrance and texture to the candles. Herbs suited for candle-making include rosemary, lavender, thyme, mint, hyssop, bergamot, savory and germander. You can add a great deal of herbs to your wax, depending on personal preference. To dry the herbs, simply tie fresh herbs in bunches and hang upside down in a dry, dark, well-ventilated area for about two to three weeks.

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Step 1

Cut the herbs into very small pieces, about a ¼-inch length, or less. Use enough herbs to make it visually appealing, while leaving enough wax for the candle to hold together.

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Step 2

Melt the candle wax in the top pan of a double boiler, over simmering water. Allow the wax to melt completely.

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Step 3

Remove from the heat source and add the herbs to the melted wax. Stir with a wooden spoon or similar shaped object to blend.

Step 4

Pour the hot wax into your candle molds, with wicks already in place.

Warning

Never melt your wax over a direct flame, as wax is flammable.

It is possible for some of the herbs to burn, when the candle burns.

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