Dedicated to the education of the consumer about beeswax candles.
Does Beeswax Emit Negative Ions When Burned ?
Yes , it's true and finally there is a scientific study to back up the hype! For years
alternative health practitioners, entomologists and most notably beeswax candle makers
have celebrated the fact that beeswax is the only candle fuel that emits negative ions
which in turn cleanse the air. In a study performed by a Japanese laboratory comparing
the negative ion emissions of a paraffin candle versus a beeswax candle , the paraffin
candle did indeed emit negative ions but did so at a significantly lower rate than the
beeswax candle. So while beeswax is not the only fuel to emit negative ions it is definitely
superior to paraffin and does not contain the carcinogenic compounds that paraffin does.
The Japanese study was performed using a KST-900 made by the Kobe Electric Wave Company
in a room with room air temperature of 24.3 degrees Celsius , room air humidity was 41%
and the background negative ion count was 89 per cc. During the study , paraffin candles
produced an average of 72,972 negative ion particles per cc. of air while beeswax candles
produced 101,276 negative ion particles per cc. of air.
Some folks feel the preceding study is incomplete and inconclusive. We welcome any
contributions that might shed some light on this topic.
There is an urban myth that is being floated around by some candlemakers that only their
beeswax emits negative ions when burned. Since all beeswax is made by honeybees , then all
beeswax would have this ability to emit negative ions when burned.
Some folks believe that all materials emit negative ions when burned , after all combustion
is rapid oxidation producing heat and light - when you add oxygen to a any substance there is
an overabundance of negative ions.