Learn about the History of beeswax, positive effects, & uses
Honeybees were a big part of Catholic culture, especially within the early church, and were admired by the clergy for their hard work and chastity. Beeswax is produced by virgin worker bees, and due to that fact is often referred to as Holy Wax. Candles made from beeswax were often symbols for Christ, as well as representations of the most holy chastity of Mary the mother of Christ, , "Like Mary, the wax producing bees possessed a mystical combination of fecundity and virginity. Bees 'produce posterity, rejoice in offspring, yet retain their virginity', says the hymn that is sung on Holy Saturday in honour of the paschal candle.”
As early as 378 AD St Jerome composed hymns, including the symbolism of the bees and the wax. The Ordo Romanus of the 7th century gives us a description of a Pontifical Mass, in which we find that the bishop was preceded by seven acolytes carrying seven lighted wax candles. The blessing of candles was an inevitable sequence to their use in processions and in the sanctuary. While the Pascal Candle is known as early as the fifth century, the first reference to its blessing is in the writings of Pope Gregory the Great, about 605. Today we often associate the blessing of candles and Candlemas. St Augustine states: "The general rule is that all candles used at liturgical functions should be made of pure beeswax. Therefore, candles made of paraffin, or of tallow are not permitted for liturgical use.”
Beeswax candles burn up to 3x longer than paraffin candles, and do not contain harmful chemicals to make it burn longer unlike paraffin and soy wax.
When kept away from a draft, beeswax candles are dripless too!
The Light emitted by the flame of beeswax candles is similar to the light spectrum of sunlight. This is thanks to beeswax's high melting point of approximately 149° Fahrenheit. Because beeswax has a higher melting point than other waxes, it emits the brightest, most warm-toned flame.
Detox & Purify
When beeswax burns, it releases negative ions. Pollutants like dust, dirt, animal dander and pollen have a positive charge and are mainly found suspended in the air. When the negative ions of the beeswax are released, they attach to the positive ions of the pollutants and neutralizes them. Once the dirt, pollen etc. is neutralized, they are no longer an issue and typically fall to the ground therefore, leaving the air cleansed. Because beeswax candles reduce indoor pollutants, they can often have a very positive effect on people suffering from allergies and even asthma!