It is not an exaggeration to say that beeswax candles are magnificent.  They smell fabulous, burn with a beautifully bright flame, are dripless and — get this — are good for you and for the environment!

When beeswax burns, it releases negative ions.  This is what that means to you:  “The more Negatively Charged Electric Ions there are in the blood, the more efficient the cell’s metabolic processes.  Metabolism, which is the process of acquiring nutrients from the blood and excreting waste out of the body, is extremely important to the human cells.”  In effect, burning beeswax candles gives your body a direct influx of negative ions.

Furthermore, negatively charged electrons attract dust and other airborne dander, which are then consumed by the flame… purifying the air!  Ever experience that general sense of peace and contentment, when burning pure beeswax candles?  Well, now you know why.

Anymore, beeswax candles aren’t just the long, yellow tapers made famous by the Catholic Church (which for years burned only beeswax, as it was considered sacred — “the pure wax extracted by bees from flowers symbolizes the pure flesh of Christ received from His Virgin Mother, the wick signifies the soul of Christ, and the flame represents His divinity”).  Beeswax candles come in all shapes, colors and sizes.  Some candles even have scents (which I think is a shame — beeswax smells so nice).

Candlemaking is a lovely hobby.  I prefer making candles on a cold, winter day.  The house fills with the wonderful aroma of beeswax, the windows steam-up and the kitchen feels cozy.  Sometimes friends or my husband and children join me, and we take turns dipping tapers and pouring wax into molds.  In the end, this quality time yields gifts for cherished friends and family.  What could be better than that kind of time spent?  And even if I do it alone, I have my thoughts and the zen-like repetition of an artisan craft, which combined with all those negative ions, make me feel at peace.