A short story
She sat by the window, a lit candle beside her and a book on her lap. Outside rain was pouring, and the night was growing closer, the evening darkness deepening. She welcomed it. She was tired. Bone tired, but at least she allowed herself to feel it, to sit with it. She could rest now, she just needed to let go, and that was harder than expected. She was holding on to so many things, her body tense with painful memories. Slowly she felt herself sinking deeper into herself, allowing the darkness to wrap a comforting blanket around her, feeling the warm glow of the candle on her face. She could rest now.
Beeswax candles are sacred to me. Somehow they feel different than other candles, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. I love their glow, I love that sweet scent of honey. I love the bees that worked so hard to create the wax that made them.
But there’s something else as well. I read somewhere the beeswax purifies the air when burned. Isn’t that amazing? To go with that I’ve also lately read about how bad paraffin candles are for our health, especially if we burn a lot of them.
Lately I’ve only been using candles made of paraffin. They’re cheaper and so much easier to find. While living in California I would buy ones made of palm wax at my local health food store, but after moving to Norway it’s much harder to find such things.
Though as I side note I would like to share that I discovered the loveliest little shop close by. I was surprise to find such a gem in the tiny town where I live. It’s called the «Dream Garden» and sells anything from plants to chocolate to little beauties for the home. I found scented soy candles there. It made me happy. I had been searching for something like that, and it was a special gift for myself.
I’ve always preffered natural candles, but I haven’t allowed myself to buy them because of the price. That is until recently when I read an article on just how bad paraffin really is. Also, I was reminded that beeswax burns up to three times slower than regular candles, which actually makes them quite economical!
Is Paraffin Really That Bad?
This was my question. I asked my good friend Google, and it seems that not all paraffin candles are created equal. The best thing is to avoid the really cheap stuff. The package of tea lights I have at home claims they are “clean burning” and I haven’t noticed any black smoke coming from them at all. Avoid buying from dollar stores, and look for something of higher quality. Ikea has good candles.
Paraffin is a waste product of petroleum. (I also knew this, but never gave it much thought. Maybe it was easier not to). When burned it releases toxins that we of course breathe in, which can be as dangerous as second hand smoking!
Give Yourself the Gift of Something Sacred
Today I’m buying beeswax candles from an online shop. Not just because they’re natural, but also because they bring that feeling of something sacred into my home. They give me more than just a pretty glow. I wish I knew how to put it into words, though I think you know what I’m trying to say. I’m all about how something makes me feel.
Other natural candles I like to buy are ones made of soy and palm wax.
I love beeswax, but if I want aromatheraphy I usually buy scented soy candles as they seem to carry the scent a bit better. I also make sure that they are blended with essential oils and not from anything synthetic. If I buy them from a local shop I always smell them first, like I did at the «Dream Garden» and found I couldn’t stand the one with the aroma of «rose», it just smelled fake, probably because rose essential oil is terribly expensive.
I’ve placed my order now. I feel a thrill as I wait for the package to arrive, though it will take a few days.
Which things are sacred to you?