Beeswax has been used for thousands of years, previously as a luxury, as it takes an entire hive of bees to produce an ounce of honey. Evidence of beeswax candles found in Greece and Egypt has been dated back to 3000BC.
Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which is a solid derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. If you burn one for a long period of time, you might notice a dark stain on your wall afterwards. Why? Paraffin wax releases toxic carcinogens into the air akin to the chemicals in diesel fuel emissions. It can clog your pores, induce nausea, produce headaches and generate poor circulation. This is the same pollution that contributes to lung cancer. So much for breathing easy!
Pros of beeswax candles
Environmentally friendly because they are made from natural ingredients.
Doesn’t come with that chemical-like scent as long as you did not add any artificial scent to your beeswax candle.
Purifies the air as it burns.
Lights up longer than most other candles.
Does not rot and will last indefinitely when stored the right way.
Cons of beeswax candles
Very expensive because beeswax is expensive.
Requires you to hold the flame over the wick longer because it will take a while for it to light.
Not as readily available as other types of candles.
What are the Health Benefits of Beeswax Candles?
Along with keeping the environment safer, beeswax candles also help to clean out the air. It generates negative ions as long as the candle burns which increases oxygen flow to the brain and enhances mental energy.
These ions then neutralize the pollutants like dust, mold and odors present in surrounding air. As a result, people don’t suffer from allergic reactions when these candles burn.
So if you know individuals with asthma and similar breathing issues, beeswax can be a great gift idea on their special occasions.
Using Beeswax Candles
There are many ways to burn beeswax candles to take advantage of their natural health benefits. Individuals who suffer from breathing difficulties such as asthma or allergies should consider burning only pure beeswax candles, and burning the candles for 30-60 minutes in the bedroom before sleeping can help clear the air for more restful sleep. Beeswax candles are also best to use in the kitchen where they will help neutralize odors without tainting food with artificial aromas, and they can also be used in a home office or any other area where there may be a large concentration of use and lingering odors. Beeswax candles can even be used in a nursery to clear the air for young and delicate lungs, but remember that burning candles should never be left unattended around children.