Your quest for natural air purifiers ends with beeswax candles. Scientifically known as Cera Alba, beeswax is produced by the honeybee and is exuded from the abdomen to form the honeycomb. It’s the only the wax that is used in its natural state, having only undergone the filtering process. Natural beeswax candles tag along dozens of benefits and have been used since ancient times. Most of us use regular candles which are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum waste product that poisons the air we breathe. Paraffin wax is extracted from the black sludge found at the bottom of crude oil’s barrel.
The sludge then undergoes bleaching and is later treated with carcinogens benzene and toluene. And that’s not all. The paraffin candles are laced with toxic colors and fragrances to make them more appealing and marketable. That explains the black soot you see coming from paraffin candles. Extended use can lead to serious health problems such as asthma. To fully understand why you need to switch from paraffin candles, this post explores the benefits of burning beeswax candles.
Beeswax Candles Are Natural Air Purifiers
The air in our homes carries a lot of impurities such as pollen, dirt, dust and other pollutants. These substances carry positive ions, which explains why they are suspended freely in the air. Unlike paraffin candles, beeswax naturally purifies the air by producing negative ions when burned. This attracts pollutants and neutralizes them. Since they can no longer suspend in the air, the pollutants fall to the ground or get sucked into the burning candle, thereby cleaning the air.
Negative ions in the air play a big role when it comes to relaxation. Early research shows that negative ions increase the levels of serotonin, a mood chemical in the brain which help to reduce stress and depression. With the air having a sweet honey scent and free of pollutants, you’ll feel more relaxed, and this will improve your moods.
With the rising number of asthma patients in the U.S., more people are turning to beeswax candles to suppress asthma symptoms. Reports show that burning beeswax candles help people with asthma breathe and sleep better. The American Lung Association endorsed the use of beeswax candles, proving just how effective they are in combating asthma. To make it work, burn the candles at least two hours before going to sleep.
Beeswax Candles Are Safe
Beeswax candles are 100 percent pure with no additives or artificial fragrances. The natural yellow color and distinct sweet smell make them safe for indoor use. Unlike paraffin candles which exude positive ions and toxic materials, beeswax candles negate the effects of the freely roaming ions and create a clean air to breathe. Furthermore, these candles are dripless and sootless which means they can burn for hours without compromising the quality of the indoor air. The fact that they don’t drip reduces maintenance, plus they produce a pure sun-like light.
Burning beeswax candles give off the sweet honey-like smell which is a mixture of honey and the floral nectar in the honeycombs. The natural fragrance is non-toxic and will fill your home with a fresh scent. Since there are no harsh chemicals used, you can use beeswax candles in any setting, even with pets and kids around.
They are Long Lasting
Although beeswax candles cost up to 10 times more than regular candles, they burn three times longer. The good thing is that they don’t have artificial additives to make them last longer and they emit a bright ambient light It’s also said that these candles burn more beautifully as they age. They burn clean and release little to no smoke, depending on how you trim them.
Beeswax Candles and Allergies
If you experience allergic reactions caused by pets, pollen, or dust, burning the candle a few hours in the room will negate the effects of these substances and prevent them from affecting you. Research is still ongoing on how beeswax candles are linked to respiratory problems. People with allergies report that using these candles regularly has helped them manage allergy symptoms.
Using Beeswax Candles
To get the most out these candles, only go for those made with pure beeswax. Burn them in the bedroom for more than 30 minutes before sleeping to get a restful sleep. You can also use the candle in the kitchen to get rid of odors without risking food contamination. For relaxation when working, you can burn a beeswax candle in your office. However, you should never leave candles unattended or around young children to prevent risks of fire or injuries.
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