The Brilliant Beeswax Candle: Natural Air Purifiers and More

Beeswax candles offer a honey scent, a golden flame, and the longest, cleanest burn of any candle.

But there is much more benefit to beeswax candles compared to paraffin candles that are made from polluted petroleum sludge, or even vegetable-based candles that are a big improvement over paraffin: When beeswax candles burn, they clean the air like a great, natural, air purifier, and they are a link to a deep spiritual belief system.

For each pound of beeswax provided by a honey bee, the bee visits 33 million flowers. It eats 10 pounds of honey. It secretes the beeswax from its abdomen, and then uses the wax to construct a honeycomb. Beekeepers recover the wax from the comb by heating it in water where the melted wax rises to the surface and can be removed.

Many have written about the wisdom of the beehive, and how burning beeswax puts a person in a special mood of reverence. It is easy to imagine why, given that millions of flowers have been visited and pollinated to make any one beeswax candle!

Healing and spiritual powers have been attributed to all products of the beehive. Honey has always been considered holy, a gift from God, and endowed with esoteric and mystical qualities. The Path of Pollen, or bee shamanism, is a calling into the secrets of healing, longevity, and spiritual powers of bee products, including honey, wax, and pollen. The Hebrew word for bee is dbure, meaning word, with the message being that the bee brings the Divine word. Specifically beeswax candles are designated for the Christian Roman Mass.

To burn a beeswax candle is to enter into the wisdom world of the bee, and you enter, too, into a world of benefits from the bee. Compare this to breathing toxic fumes from paraffin candles! (For more on toxic candles, see Candle Soot.

Cleaning the Air by Burning Beeswax Candles
Air contains billions of electrically charged particles called ions. Ions act upon our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen, and therefore cause powerful effects on our lives and well being. The ions in the air can affect our mood, energy and health. Negative ions actually feel good. Too many positive ions make us feel bad and they are loaded down with pollution and allergens that are drawn to them and suspended in the air. Negative ions, on the other hand, remove the pollution and allergens from positive ions, allowing them to drop harmlessly to the ground.

Beeswax candle fuel is the only fuel that actually produces negative ions, which not only helps remove pollution from the air but increases the ratio of negative ions to positive ions, the ideal and necessary scenario for clean air.

Beeswax Candle Buyer’s Resource Guide
Make sure to only buy 100 percent pure beeswax candles.
Choose yellow beeswax (it is lightly refined)and not white beeswax is often bleached with chemicals and is best avoided.

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By Annie B. Bond

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.4 months ago

Purify the air you breathe just as if Rocky Mountain Air

Denise Locke
Denise Locke2 years ago

I only use beeswax candles ! I hate to use anything other than beeswax, the chemicals they put in those paraffin ones and even soy... not good ! I get my beeswax candles from , they have super cute candles....

Carol D.
Past Member 2 years ago

I must go out and buy some beeswax candles after reading this hooray for bees they dont only give us the food of the gods

Dale Overall

Love the scent and warmth of these delightful candles and love to bring them home-a few were not burned because the design was so lovely.

Jo-Ann M.
Jo-Ann M.3 years ago

As it turns out , beeswax candles aren't the only negative ion producing fuel known to mankind. But does produce more negative ions when burning compared to paraffin.
More info on

Christina Kalli V.

Thank you Annie! I love beeswax candles and I love to make them from leaves of pure beeswax with a honeycomb pattern. These leaves are put into the beehives. Beeswax candles are ideal for meditation and there is a sacred and sweet feeling of watching them slowly burn. IMPORTANT: keep the fuse short for optimum burning of the candle.

Alicia v.
Alicia V.4 years ago

Thank you very much for the article.

Leah D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Other then all the spiritual stuff this was a pretty interesting article. I think I'll switch over to beeswax candles!

Janet S-r
Janet S-r4 years ago

I love to burn beeswax candles and try to buy locally sourced.

Aruna Swain
Aruna Swain4 years ago

Thank you, Annie.