Do Pure Beeswax Candles Clean the Air?
There’s something so soothing about a nice flickering candle–in the tub, at dinner, before bed, or on your altar if you have one. But for years now I’ve been careful to avoid burning anything but soy wax and beeswax because of the polluting nature of regular paraffin candles–both in the larger environmental sense and the home/body toxin sense.
According to an article in the M.D.-written “Nutrition and Healing” newsletter, “paraffin is made from the sludge at the bottom of barrels of crude oil, which is then treated and bleached with benzene and other chemical solvents to ‘clean it up’ for use in candles” and “the soot, smoke, and chemical residue from ‘regular’ candles can stick to walls, ceilings, and ventilation ducts and gets re-circulated whenever the heating/cooling system is in action, exposing you to these pollutants even when the paraffin candles aren’t burning.”.
Not the greenest. The pure beeswax candles not only don’t pollute, but they may also clean the air by emitting negative ions. Beeswax candle fuel is the only fuel that produces negative ions, which not only helps remove pollution from the air but increases the ratio of negative ions to positive ions, the ideal and necessary scenario for clean air. In laywoman’s terms, this means they cause charged gunk (dust, pollen, odors, toxins, etc.) to fall from the air onto the floor via static electricity.
A pure beeswax candle burns the dust and toxic fumes from the air as they are convected through the halo flame, much like a catalytic converter. The dustier your house, the more ‘black debris’ will be deposited in the wax around the wick.
Beeswax candles also don’t drip, don’t smoke, and because of their high melting point, burn a whole lot slower. They also smell nice, naturally. The “Nutrition and Healing” article even says that “people with allergies, sinus problems, and asthma have reported significant improvement in their symptoms, breathing better and sleeping better after burning the 100 percent organic beeswax candles in their bedrooms for three to four hours before bedtime. One person who burned a beeswax candle all day when she was home reported that her asthma gradually went away completely.”
So in your experimenting, you need candles made 100% pure beeswax, preferably the yellow kind that hasn’t been bleached or colored. You can tell by asking and by the smell–they should be sweet and fresh and clean, honey-ish. Also, make sure the wicks are pure cotton–many regular candles have heavy metal wicks.
Ueehome can supply 100% organic beeswax candles for you. Our pure beeswax candles haven’t been bleached or colored, the smell is sweet, fresh, clean, honey-ish. And the wicks are pure cotton.