Naturality Candles

The Benefits of Beeswax over Paraffin for Candle Making

Is Beeswax Better than Paraffin?

Most commercial candles are made from paraffin, and they have been for some time now. However, beeswax is making a comeback. Find out why and explore some of the many uses for this natural product along with why it is ideal for candle making and burning.  While beeswax candles were commonly used in the Middle Ages only by the rich who could afford them, today, despite the continued higher price, the superior quality of the beeswax candle has experienced a resurgence in popularity.

No by product chemicals

Chemicals are increasingly shunned today, with the warnings of the hazards we are experiencing with the earth as a result of our wastefulness. Paraffin candles are made from the by products of petroleum and animal fat waste products. Cheap, scented candles still dominate the shelves even though they not only contain an assortment of chemical by products, they contain the black soot commonly seen rising from these ineffective burning light sources.

The good news is that when you burn beeswax candles, you release negative ions which have been proven to increase the quality of the air (and as a result pose no threat for allergy suffers.) Beeswax is one of the only fuels which release beneficial negative ions when it is burned.

The earthy scent

Beeswax candles play a part in aromatherapy practices as a relaxing and soothing alternative to strong, flower scented candles. Because of this calming effect, there is no need to add other fragrances or use essential oils to help stimulate relaxation, making beeswax popular for use in meditation.

Beeswax also has a clear burning flame and natural color, the tactile sensation of the natural honeycomb texture adds to using beeswax to stimulate all of the senses; touch for the texture, smell, calming effect of sight, and even taste. (Some practitioners of meditation chew a small amount to help with concentration.)

The spirituality of beeswax

Beeswax candles are often used in religious and spiritual ceremonies due to its natural ability to calm and soothe. Because it is conducive to healing, medicine men of the Africa's and Native American culture use it often in their practices. Natural elixirs made from the honey are said to give strength and confidence. People use beeswax candles in memorials and to mark unions as in weddings. The flame of a candle is often used as a symbol of eternity and hope, and beeswax is still used throughout the world in these types of celebrations.

If you're still not convinced, beeswax is easier on your pocketbook, in that while they are initially more costly, they will save you money in the long term because of their durability and lengthy burn time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 October 2008 )
 
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