the power of fire. Just like water is a basic need. I
believe that there is something very powerful about fire. Have
you been camping lately? One of the rituals of camping is the
campfire. Everyone sits around it and becomes mesmerized by
it's beautiful glow. Stories start to be told. Sometimes
spontaneous singing erupts. On occasion, games will break out.
Campfires seem to bring out a sense of 'oneness' that would not
happen otherwise. It's really a beautiful thing to participate
today's busy world, people have gotten away from the campfire.
First of all, modern housing is not conducive to a fire pit.
But if you have a fireplace, you may have experienced a bit of what
I'm talking about. Fire has a transcending quality. It
seems to take us to another place, a place where time seems slower,
and hearts grow warmer. It's hard not to be drawn in by the power of
fire. It's a completely natural force that definitely can have
mood altering effects.
For centuries, humans have been using fire to serve their purposes.
Many religions use candles as a source of bringing fire into their
ceremonial and worshiping rituals. Candles, which were
created as a way of bringing fire into our lives, have turned out to
wonderful invention. They make it so simple for us to bring
fire anywhere, any time. In fact candles are so simple and
readily available, many of us just forget about them and opt for
their modern alternative...electrical lighting.
bringing candles into your life on a regular basis, you will notice
a subtle difference that can give you a more peaceful existence.
For many of us, it's not until the electrical power goes out
completely that we reach for the candles. For some of us,
candles mark a special occasion. Why not bring the 'special
occasion' feel into our lives on a more regular basis? Taking
a bath can be enhanced with the soft glow of candles. Enjoying
your evening meal, relaxing after a long day, almost any
time can be enhanced by the use of candlelight.
There are so
many ways to enjoy candles. They are generally inexpensive to
buy. You may put them in a variety of containers. Mix
them with different items to create various groupings. Here
are a few ideas:
Cotta - You'll find lots of ideas for your candles at the
local nursery. A garden cherub mask above makes for a
perfect decoration to put in front of a candle. Terra cotta pots can be so simple and fun when they are set around at a
garden party, or even in the house. Being fire safe makes
them ideal for holding candles.
Any candle can be made to look colorful with the right holder.
Look around at flea markets and thrift stores for old colored
vases. They were made with heavy glass to withstand the
wear that went with the floral industry. Today they are
an inexpensive way to show off the radiance of your candle.
See the two green vases above as an example.
Lighting fixtures are made of special tempered glass which
makes them stronger than other glass. They are made to
withstand more heat, making them ideal for holding candles.
In one of the pictures above you will find an old yellow
lighting fixture that creates a beautiful and elegant way to
display the soft candleglow.
jars- Whether old or new, Mason or jelly jars make
whimsical holders for candles. Look for the old
fashioned blue ones at flea markets, antique stores or thrift
shops. They are usually inexpensive, and can be
wonderful for setting on a picnic table for an informal
A very nice additive to your candle scene would be water.
If you have a water fountain, you could add your candles in
and around it. Of course you should make sure that they
are secured. But the simplest way to add the element of
water would be to fill up a pretty bowl that is lower than the
candle. Or prop up the candle to be higher than the
bowl. Leave as is, or add flowers, plants, plant
clippings or any variety of fresh herbs or greenery around
your candle. Make a tropical scene by adding seashells.
You can even add a couple of drops of food coloring to your
water for added effect. Of course there are floating
candles available, and they are very nice if you want your
candles to move with the water.
Adding items that reflect the light and add color is a
wonderful way to spice up the look of your candles. Sea
glass are bits of actual glass that have been well worn by the
ocean. Your local craft store would be a good place to
look for sea glass in many different shades. Of course
you should always be very careful when handling any type of
glass. See an example of Sea glass below.
Just remember to always be careful when dealing with fire.
It demands your attention and respect. Never place
anything that could catch on fire next to the candle.
Never leave the room where a candle is burning. And be
sure to watch out for the safety of children and pets when you
have lit candles.
The scent of
your candles can be whatever you enjoy. There are many scented
candles on the market. But a very nice way to have a more
natural scent would be to add your own essential oils.
Essential oils are the most volatile material that is contained in
the plant cell. It is extracted through physical processes
such as distillation or maceration. Essential oils are used as
a form of 'aromatherapy', which is a subject that has grown in it's
acceptance and appeal over the last few years. The more you
know about it, the more options you will have to create the perfect
scent for any occasion.
A good way to learn which scents you like would be to go to a store
that carries essential oils and smell the samples. Just like
perfume, you can only really learn about a couple at a time.
Essential oils are extremely potent and should not be used directly
on the skin. In beauty care, an essential oil is always
diluted into a carrier oil such as almond oil. But for our
purposes you will be using an eye dropper to dispense one or two
drops near the wick of the candle. Here are a few choices you might
like to start with:
is very pleasant and relaxing to most people.
is also a nice sweet yet subtle scent.
Sweet Orange can be very clean
Peppermint or Rosemary
will make nice 'wake-up' scents.
makes a good spicy, almost ceremonial fragrance.
or Tea Tree gives a nice clean feeling to any room.
creates a deep musky aroma.
Choose your scent according to the occasion as well as your mood.
There is a lot to know about aromatherapy. I highly recommend
getting a good book (or more) on the subject. The examples
above are a good start. But that's all they are, just a start.
Have fun, experiment with blends of a couple of scents together.
But have a healthy respect for essential oils. Again, they are
very potent and should never be used internally unless
prescribed by a capable aromatherapist. Also, never apply
directly to the skin. Always use a dropper, and clean the
dropper in between use.
coziness into your life... light a candle.