Zero Waste Lemon Candle

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I have been trying to find different ways to become waste free. When I read about how easy it was to make your own candles, I thought it was awesome. We do not use candles in my house. However, when mosquito season arrives, I need all the help I can get when outdoors. Using essential oils, I made the candles waste free.

I used lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils.

“Lemongrass: Lemongrass offers antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great essential oil to have on hand as it has so many uses. It can kill bacteria externally, relieve muscle pain and body aches and ward off insects among other things. It’s especially good for repelling fleas, flies, and mosquitoes.

Eucalyptus: The eucalyptus tree is an evergreen tree native to Australia, and many associate it as the main food source of koala bears. While it does offer outstanding nutritional support for wildlife, the essential oils extracted from its leaves also offer powerful medicinal properties – you’ve probably seen it used in products like chest rubs, sore throat sprays, and cough medications. But did you know that it can also be used as an insecticide? In fact, research has shown that eucalyptus essential oil can be more effective against sand flies than all other natural products.”  http://www.naturallivingideas.com/

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Supplies:

  • 1/2 Cup Bees Wax per Lemon (2 halves)
  • Lemon
  • Linen String
  • Essential Oils: Eucalyptus and Lemongrass

Step 1: Cut the lemon in half long ways and dig out all of the flesh. I did this with a clean spoon and bowl so, that I could use the lemon flesh in my water and for cooking. Waste free means leaving nothing to waste right?! lol

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Step 2: Heat the bees wax in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes or until fully melted. Then pour the hot bees wax into the lemon being careful not to burn yourself because the bowl is hot!

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Step 3: Now that you have the bees wax in the lemon, put 6 drops of lemongrass  essential oil and 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into it. Mix it slowly with a tooth pick to disperse the oils.

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Step 4: Cut a small piece (about an inch) of string and place it in the lemon. Hold it there for about 20 seconds so, that it hardens a little and the wick will stay in place.

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We spend a lot of time hanging out outdoors and this is a wonderful way keep the bugs away without all of the toxins.  These lemon candles also make a perfect gift! They are great for a housewarming gift, eco conscious friend, or your favorite outdoors man.

Do you use candles outdoors? Have you ever made your own candle before?

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Reference:

  1. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/essential-oils-to-repel-bugs-pests/
  2. https://draxe.com/lemongrass-essential-oil/

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Lisa

Hi I'm Lisa, I am a pinterest obsessed DIYer who loves all things blue. I am excited to share the things I love: home decor projects, recipes, and crafts while being as environmentally and health conscience as I can. I hope that you enjoy these little pleasures in life as much as I do.

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