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The Benefits of Burning Beeswax Candles

Written by Sharee Morris on July 04, 2010 with 4 Comments

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Honey bee landing on yellow flowerIt’s rumored that the idiom “Mind your own beeswax” came from Colonial America when women would put beeswax on their faces to soften their skin.  If you didn’t “mind” the timing, it would grow hard and crack and the benefits to the skin would be lost.

Ironically, beeswax is a component in many modern day cosmetics, so our female predecessors were on to something.

Similarly, the benefits of beeswax candles have stood for centuries: they don’t drip; they burn longer, as well as cleaner than their paraffin and soy counterparts.

But, here’s a benefit that is not as well known – and the science behind it is almost mystical:

The bright flame of a beeswax candle produces the same beautiful light spectrum as the sun.  As the candle burns, negative ions are emitted that clean the air and, in turn, invigorate the body.

Negative ions are drawn to positive ions.  Positive ions hold on to airborne things like dust, mold and odors; the negative ions latch on to the “contaminated” positive ions and weigh them down this causes the contaminated positive ions to fall to the ground thereby cleaning and purifying the air. A perfect example of this phenomenon is rainstorms. A rainstorm is a negative ionic event, which is why we say the air smells so fresh after a rainstorm.

As the beeswax burns it gives off a non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, subtle fragrance of a mixture of honey and the nectar of the flowers in the honeycomb.

Burn a beeswax candle today and enjoy the full ambiance of light and fragrance all from a natural renewable source.


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  1. Thanks for sharing this… Really. We now know what is happening at our Tamara Spa! The bit about the ions is an interesting read! In fact these are great to be used as parting gifts for the guests. They are soothing and elegant. We use a lot of these at the spa, now we have a more scientific perspective for the same! Looking forward to more on these posts!

  2. Thanks for all the scientific research. A great read.

  3. What an interesting post. Thanks for the info. Personally I’m a very big lover of beeswax candles.


  4. [...] Beeswax is a popular alternative to paraffin candles. The benefits of beeswax candles have stood for centuries: they don’t drip; they burn longer, as well as cleaner than their paraffin and soy counterparts. Beeswax is less likely to trigger allergies and does not produce toxins or soot when burned. It is generally more expensive than paraffin but burns longer. However, some candles labeled as beeswax may also contain paraffin. Look for 100% beeswax candles. More about the benefits: [...]

  5. [...] own bath and body products. She was intrigued, and interested in expanding her craft of making beeswax candles, so she bought the products and “was hooked on the spot”. Laura used her experience as a [...]

  6. Hey I market beeswax products and I would like to know. Where is the source for this information? I have heard about the ions and spectrum before but so far I have seen no source. Thanks for your help.

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