My mother is one of those really rad people who went back to college after raising her kids. Because she was studying architecture and design, she opted into some very interesting green living and building classes. In one of them, she learned about how badly polluted the air inside our house can be — it’s so bad that the pollution inside our house can be worse than outside.
This became more of a problem once we learned how to better insulate our homes, but we also use an unfortunate amount of toxic products in our home as well. And that doesn’t help anything or anyone. One of the worst offenders, she learned, for indoor air pollution is the run-of-the-mill candle.
Yes, people, that’s right. The cozy little candle you light every evening is polluting your air.
Thankfully, there is an easy solution to this problem — switch to beeswax candles. Here are five reasons you won’t regret that decision.
1. Unlike the typical candle, beeswax candles don’t pollute your air. You can light them with peace of mind.
2. Not only that, but some people believe that beeswax candles can actually help purify your indoor air. Candles made of 100 percent beeswax supposedly give off negative ions when burned, which neutralize bad “positive ions” such as allergens, dust and air borne toxins. To make them also gently scent your room, drop a couple drops of essential oils into the warm wax around the flame. It’s a lovely way to infuse a room with scent.
3. While beeswax candles are typically more expensive per candle, they generally are much more cost-efficient when you consider their burning time. Granted, they won’t compare in price to the 100 pack of tea light candles at the dollar store, but when you compare them to some of the popular scented candle companies out there, you will realize that beeswax candles often have a better cost per burn time.
4. They also give off a delicious, faintly honey-like smell, which is lovely and soothing.
5. And finally, it can help support the incredibly important work of U.S. beekeepers! Many of the local beekeepers in my area also make beeswax candles and offer them for sale in local stores and farmers markets. It’s just another way to support not only your local economy, but also support healthier bee colonies.
This article originally appeared on the Mother Nature Network at www.mnn.com