Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens. These glands produce wax droplets that harden into flakes when exposed to air. The worker bees take these flakes in their mouths to soften them into a workable material that attaches to the honeycomb.
Properties of Beeswax
Like honey, beeswax is all-natural and has antibacterial properties. Beeswax helps keep things clean reducing risks of contamination. Unlike candles made from other wax, beeswax candles burn brighter and cleaner. Beeswax emits negative ions that are known to help purify the air. Beeswax also smells great when burned without any added chemicals or scents. It is naturally aromatic from the honey and flower nectar that’s found in the honeycomb.
Made from honey bees
Beeswax is a natural substance generated and secreted by honey bees. It is hard and breakable when cold but soft and pliable when heated. Just like honey, Beeswax varies in color, depending on various factors related to the bees themselves as well as the flowers from which the honey is derived. There are 3 main types of Beeswax: Yellow, White, and Absolute. They vary in their processing methods, benefits, and uses.
Beeswax candles help facilitate the elimination of airborne pollutants, such as bacteria, dust, allergens, and odours. Beeswax also burns clean and purifies the air at the same time. In addition to supporting sustainable beekeeping, the consumption of beeswax candles is also good for the air we breathe. Unlike paraffin candles, which are made with petroleum-based wax, beeswax candles have a completely clean non-toxic burn and produce negative ions when burning. Negative ions relieve stress, boost energy and alertness levels, reduce the number of dust mites and dander in the air. They may help protect against airborne germs by attaching to positively charged ions that are holding other contaminants airborne.
The smokeless and lengthy burn time of Beeswax makes it a valuable ingredient in candles. Beeswax candles also exude the aroma of honey. The Beeswax aroma can range from sweet, fresh, or floral to warm, robust, savory, or spicy. The simple act of burning a candle has relaxing properties and can aid in stress relief and meditation. The mildly sweet, natural honey scent of beeswax candles can aid that relaxation without being overwhelming as artificially scented candles can become.
Overall Wellbeing and Health Benefits
When pure and natural essential oils are added during the production, the beeswax candles are believed to promote overall physical and mental well-being. It invigorates the body with increased energy, reducing stress, strengthening focus, helping decrease physical pain, and regulating blood pressure.