In my reiki classes and practice days I always have a beautiful beeswax pillar candle set in the middle of a table alter surrounded by crystals. We light it at the opening of our time together and extinguish it after our final prayer circle. I always felt that it provided more than a beautiful centerpiece and after listening to a networking colleague share his wisdom on the health benefits of pure beeswax, I understood why. And since it is earth month, I thought I would share what I have learned.
Did you know that beeswax candles clean the air when they burn? Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of the air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology. So, beeswax candles burn cleaner, brighter, hotter, and last longer than say paraffin candles.
As well, the problem with paraffin candles (regular candles like that bag of tea lights you buy for five bucks) is that they are made from paraffin. As the name implies, paraffin candles are made from paraffin – a by-product of petroleum refining. The result? A highly toxic product that literally poisons the air you breathe.
Paraffin starts as sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil. Even asphalt is extracted before paraffin in the refining process. The black sludge, already filled with numerous toxins, undergoes bleaching and treatment by carcinogens benzene and/or toluene. And the chemicals don’t stop there. Chemists mix in toxic ingredients of colours and fragrances to make this waste product marketable and appealing.
The final result is an innocent looking candle which releases seven documented toxins. Over time, repeatedly burning paraffin candles leaves black soot stains on walls, ceilings, furniture and drapery. The microscopic soot particles can also cause health problems as these tiny particles are easily inhaled and get trapped in the lungs. (some facts taken from this site.)
With April being Earth Month – I encourage you to sample the benefits of beeswax candles. We have a couple of great local suppliers here in York Region, however I am sure you can locate local suppliers wherever you reside. Two that I know of are:
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