"Aromatherapy candles can be of the worst," The American EPA says. "Paraffin candles release carcinogens like benzene and toluene. When burned, they send choking toxins and black soot harmful to our health as second-hand tobacco."
Most candles are made of paraffin. The petroleum industry distills, bleaches, and purifies (by sweating or solvent refining) its waste to create paraffin. Paraffin contains harmful substances such as acrolyn, dioxin, toluene and benzene, and other carcinogens. Stearic acid, used as a hardener, is a byproduct of the meatpacking slaughterhouses.
The American Lung Association says, "Refrain from burning scented or slow-burning candles that have additives."
Beeswax candles are air purifiers. They are perfect for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies. Beeswax produces negative ions that actually clean your air of odors, pollens, smoke, dust, dust mites, viruses, and other allergens and hazards.
Studies show beeswax can:
· Improve air quality
· Improve sleep
· Enhance immune system
· Offer relief from hay fever & allergies
· Lessen asthma attacks
In addition, beeswax has more magical properties than paraffin as Shaman's used beeswax to transfer magical energy to themselves and to others.
Bees possess messages from higher planes and consciousness, prophetic dreams and visions, and the ability to turn something into a beautiful creation. They represent sensitivity, sexual attraction, success, wealth, enhanced focus and determination, connections with earth, divine messages, travel, family and friendship.