“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 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.
Beeswax candles effectively reduce [the symptoms of]asthma, allergies, and hay fever by drawing pollutants out of the air.”
All that, and the ambiance of a candle, too. I’m in.
Heather at Mommypotamus has an excellent tutorial showing how to make your own 100% all natural beeswax candles, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. The only 2 things I did differently is that I melted my wax in a crockpot that I have designated for that purpose (don’t use you’re cooking crockpot for this), and I added fragrance. You can use essential oils to keep your candles smelling good and perfectly healthy. Just add them at the very end, right before you pour your wax. You’ll need to add more essential oil than you think because the heat will dissipate the aroma of the oils a bit as the candles are hardening. If you decide not to add essential oils (or you don’t add enough), the soft smell of warm honey is wonderful on its own.
Excuse me. I need to go hover around my candles now…
Have a great day!