Many cosmetic creams and lotions today are using beeswax as a moisturizing and medicinal agent. Lubricants and polishes are also often beeswax based. The wax is made naturally by honey bees as the substance from which they build their honeycombs. As part of the honey-gathering process, farmers also harvest the wax, separate it from the honey, and sell it to manufacturers who produce these products. One of the most amazing uses of beeswax is the making of candles. Examining the benefits of candles made from beeswax is truly fascinating.
Why Not To Use Paraffin Candles
Most candles on the market today are made from paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a by-product of the process of refining petroleum. As the crude oil sits in barrels, the paraffin settles to the bottom of the barrel. After being removed, it is bleached and treated with carcinogens such as toluene or benzene. Of course paraffin wax has to be appealing if people are going to buy it, so more chemicals are added to the mix to give the wax color and aroma. The result of the process is paraffin wax candles that are in fact toxic and pollute the air that you breathe. When burned, these candles give off seven toxins. Two of these toxins are carcinogenic meaning that they cause cancer.
Beeswax Candles Purifies the Air
In contras to toxic paraffin candles, beeswax candles actually purify the air as they burn. Particles that contaminate the air such as pollen, pollutants, dust, and dirt are suspended in the air by the positive charge that they carry. When burned, beeswax candles emit negative ions into the air. These ions come into contact with the positively-charged air pollutants and neutralize their charge. Once neutralized, the pollutant particles fall from the air or are sucked into the candle’s flame. Many water filters and air purifiers employ the same neutralization process to clean the air and water they process. Many people have found that burning beeswax candles has reduced the symptoms of their allergies, asthma, and hay fever.
Beeswax Burns Cleaner
Beeswax candles are not only healthier, but they also burn far cleaner in the first place than do paraffin candles. Paraffin candles will emit a grimy smoke that over time will collect on your curtains, ceilings, and walls as black sooty stains. These stains will mute the colors of your home giving it a dingy, shabby look. Paint on the walls will be less bright, and light bulbs will emit less light. The soot particles that cause these stains are actually another health hazard. Their tiny size allows them to enter deep into the respiratory system when you breathe. There they lodge in the deep recesses of the lungs and bring on infection of the respiratory tract.
Other Benefits Of burning Beeswax
Another benefit of burning beeswax candles is that it supports the environment. As a completely natural product, beeswax does not pollute the air around it or leave behind chemicals that will go on polluting a landfill for years to come. In addition, the use of beeswax candles indirectly supports the bee farm industry. Honeybees are an integral part of the agricultural economy of the world. It has been estimated that of every three bites of food eaten anywhere in the world, one of those bites owes its existence to a pollinator. And the most prolific pollinators are the honeybees.
Beeswax candles are cleaner, healthier, and more environmentally friendly than the alternative paraffin candles. Each year more than a billion pounds of wax is made into candles in America alone. Think of the collective benefit for our lives and environments if everyone started using beeswax candles.