Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Lighting one candle

from another -
Winter night"
~   Buson
Beeswax candles offer a honey scent, a golden flame, and the longest, cleanest burn of any candle.

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. According to my research, 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.

Air contains billions of electrically charged particles called ions. Ions enable us  to absorb and use oxygen. The ions in the air can affect our mood, energy and health. Negative ions actually feel good~a little twist there. Too many positive ions make us feel bad (like too many cookies or drinks at a party this time of the year), 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.

And, in the next couple weeks we all shall the next be busy as a bee, to paraphrase Chaucer from the medieval Canterbury Tales...and I am hoping for those positive ions...

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."
          ~Saint John Chrysostom

1 comment:

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Wow, what wonderful information! I am going to go get a beeswax candle!! Every once in awhile i like to hit the next blog button at the top of blogger when i am visiting a blog, and that is how I found you. I rarely find one that I like so much, but I and going to follow yours!!
Merry Christmas,