Benefits of Beeswax Candles
Beeswax Candles Are Awesome!
Beeswax candles are the most durable & long lasting candles you can own! They burn brighter, longer, & cleaner than any other type of candle. Beeswax candles have been crafted around the globe for thousands of years. Here's the major benefits of beeswax:
- Beeswax is Long Burning
- Beeswax is Non-Toxic
- Beeswax is Clean Burning
- Beeswax is Renewable
- Beeswax is Safe for Allergies
- Beeswax is Naturally Dripless
Unlike paraffin candles, our beeswax candles are hypo-allergenic, great for people with allergies or other sensitivities. Beeswax candles are the perfect choice for those of us who want a clean burning candle in our home.
Learn more about why beeswax candles are so superior in our beeswax candles vs paraffin candles comparison.
Beeswax Candles May Have Health Benefits
Beeswax candles are believed to produce negative ions as they burn. However, during our research we have found no published scientific evidence to date that directly proves this. Many of us experience an uplifting mood when burning beeswax candles and it's been generally concluded that this feeling is caused by the negative ions.
"Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, resulting in higher alertness, decreasing drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J Howard, PhD, director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences.
Negative ions are most commonly found near moving water, such as crashing waves, thunderstorms, and waterfalls. The moving water causes the surrounding air to move and that along with sunlight and radiation breaks apart molecules of air. The broken pieces end up with extra electrons making them negative ions.
Most particles in the air have a positive charge. Negative ions and positively charged particles magnetically attract to each another. This causes the particle to become too heavy to remain airborne. As a result, the particle will fall out of the air and can be collected by normal cleaning activities, such as vacuuming or dusting. This action can help purify your air, cleaning the air of pollen, dust, dander, and odors.
Negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy. Research is still being done, but the presence of negative ions has been found to relieve depression as much as antidepressants in a study by Columbia University. It is believed that negative ions result in increased serotonin levels that reduce depression and stress. Negative ions can make you feel better, but the effect depends on the person. Approximately 1 in 3 is quite sensitive to their effects while a some notice very little difference.
It would seem that negative ions have the possibility to make our surroundings better for our well being. If you aren't one of those affected by negative ions, you can still enjoy the beauty and relaxing candle lit atmosphere provided by a beeswax candle.
What Are Ions
An ion is an atom or molecule, which has gained or lost an electric charge. When an atom is in a neutral condition, the number of protons (+) and electrons (-) is equal. When the number of protons and electrons is not the same, the particle becomes an ion that is either positively or negatively charged.
A Positive Ion (Cation) is an atom or molecule that has lost one or more electrons. Natural forces that generate positive ions include the decay of radioactive minerals, radon gas, forest fires, lightning, ultraviolet rays, and electronic devices (computers, etc).
A Negative Ion (Anion) is an atom or molecule that has gained one or more extra negatively charged electrons. Negative ions are naturally generated by moving water, such as crashing waves, thunderstorms, and waterfalls.
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