Beeswax is Best


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Kristina Kehrer's picture

Or Is It?

Burning a beeswax candle is as ancient as Egypt and as religious as the Catholic Church. The proprietor of Luna & Stars Apothecary, Sharon Preziosi Sciuto, demonstrates how easy and satisfying it is to make your own beeswax candles.

The Egyptians were using wicked candles in 3,000 B.C., but the ancient Romans are generally credited with developing the wicked candle before that time by dipping rolled papyrus repeatedly in melted tallow or beeswax. ... It is also known that candles played an important role in early religious ceremonies.”

Today, burning a beeswax candle (as opposed to Paraffin [petroleum] or Soy [grown by monocropping]) is the only organic choice and much better for the environment. It is common knowledge that the bees are disappearing and that phenomenon now has a name: colony collapse disorder. Recent studies have discovered that a new pesticide called neonicotinoids may be to blame, but there are other factors, known and unknown, for the disappearance of the bees.

Virtually every genetically modified corn seed and at least a third of soybeans that are planted in this country are coated in these toxins. According to conservative estimates, neonics are used on 100 million acres of American farmland, though the real number is probably much higher. More than 90 percent of corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.”

Rolling Stone Magazine

If the bees are disappearing does that mean we should not eat honey or burn beeswax candles?

If you’re a vegan for animal ethics then I would definitely say no to honey. And even if you are not a vegan, I would always say no to commercial honey that you buy in the stores because the practices are not sustainable and not kind to bees, just like all modern husbandry practices.”

While reading the back and forth about bees, honey, and candles, I came to no personal conclusion about what is truly best for the bees. What is absolutely not good for bees is pesticides, urban sprawl (creates migration problems), and a few other things (known and unknown). Until there is overwhelming consensus on the subject of eating (local) honey and burning beeswax candles (preferably harvested from a small local beekeeper), I will stick to my rule of thumb in life; moderation.