Friday, 22 June 2012

How to Burn Beeswax Candles Properly?

                                          Photographer: acidpix

To burn beeswax candles without much hassle and dissapointment, you may want to understand some burning hints and instructions before lighting any candle.

Generally, trim the wick of a candle to ¼ inch before each use providing that the wick seems too long, otherwise just leave it. Dripping may happens later if the wick is too short or too long. Do not try to trim the wick when it is cooled after the flame is estinguished as a cool wick easily breaks and will cause difficulty in relighting it. Besides, do not burn your beeswax candles near drafts and vents or else the flame will flicker and dripping may occurs. Beeswax candles usually have thicker and sturdier wicks than other candles. Therefore, to light a beeswax candle properly, holding the flame to the base of the wick for longer time is required pending the wax of the candle melts and the wick is lit. An ordinary lighter is good enough for this purpose. Make sure the candle is vertically upright in the candle holder when burning. It is also important to choose a suitable metal tool to extinguish your burning candle.

For safety, never leave a burning candle unattended and keep the flame away from the children, pets as well as any flammable objects. Moreover, always place your beeswax candles on a non-combustible and heat resistant surface. Only use appropriate candle holders to hold your burning candles may helps to prevent a fire hazard too.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Beeswax Candles Bring Health Benefits

According to researchers at South Carolina State University, burning paraffin based candles produces toxic chemicals including benzene and toluene, while beeswax candles do not give off these hazardous chemical substances at all when they’re burned for the same amount of time.

Burning beeswax candles instead of paraffin is one of the best and safest ways to keep the air in your home healthy. Beeswax candles have a clean and non-toxic burn. Scientific studies have proved that when a pure beeswax candle is burned, it produces negative ions, which eliminate most pollutants from positive ions, such as dust, moulds, bacteria and viruses from our environment. Thus, beeswax candles can actually clean the air, same to the way a rain storm helps to clean the air outside.

Over the years, the modernization of most candles has brought more damaging effects to a person’s health. On the other hand, beeswax candles were used since long time ago for people who is particularly sensitive to respiratory toxins and pollutants, suffering from allergies and sinus problems or who has a weakened immune system, for instance, people with asthma, hay fever, bronchitis and the elderly. When a candle made of pure beeswax is lit, it clears the air of any airborne contaminants and leaving the air cleaner to breathe. Thus, you will not breathe in as many allergens and also other contaminants through your nose as well as mouth.

Since beeswax is derived from honey production, the only scent that is given off from beeswax candles is the naturally sweet and pleasant aroma of honey and no added artificial scents or pollutants as in other candles. The natural scent can be an excellent way of relaxing, to treat stress and anxiety. Therefore, for those who has sleeping or concentration disorders, beeswax aroma is greatly calming for them. Due to the presence of negative ions released when beeswax is burned, serotonin levels in the brain will increase and this will eventually lead to people feel happier and less stressed. Moreover, the negative ions can absorb oxygen and then increase the flow to the brain, having an effect on higher alertness and more mental energy. Therefore, better mood, health and energy can be achieved just by burning some beeswax candles. That’s simple!

By burning 100% natural beeswax candles, you can rest assure that not only you, your love ones and the planet are enjoying the health and environmentally benefits!