Autumn is here, and there’s no better way to prepare the body for the drop in temperature than the scent of soothing and warming chai. Candles are a great way to decorate your home with the changing seasons and also make it smell like fall.
These DIY chai candles in canning jars are a pretty, natural way to bring some autumn cheer inside. They are delicately scented with baking spices – ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg – that will warm your home. Chai promotes therapeutic healing according to Ayurvedic philosophy and medicine by calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying. View the specific advantages of each spice via MindBodyGreen.
Making candles at home is very easy. You can purchase wax, reuse or recycle old candles for these. Essential oils can also be added either to the melted wax or the first time the candle is lit for a stronger scent. Try the recipe for your own DIY candles thanks to Lindsey Johnson of HelloNatural below!
- 14-15 ounces soy wax flakes per candle
- ½ teaspoon each: ground ginger, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg
- Two ½ pint canning jar
- Two candle wicks
- Chopsticks or skewers
- An old pan or clean can for melting wax
- Place wax flakes in a double boiler or large glass measuring cup in the microwave.
- Dip the end of the candle wicks into the melted wax and adhere to the center of the bottom of the jars. Wrap the wicks around chopsticks or skewers set over the top of the jar to keep the wicks centered.
- Once wax has almost melted, remove from heat and stir to finish melting. Add the spices and stir well. (Some will sink to the bottom of the jar).
- Pour the wax into the prepared jars, leaving a little space at the top. Let cool completely.
- Trim the wick to desired length and use or give as a gift.