What is Paraffin Wax?
Paraffin Wax Benefits & Uses:
1. Paraffin Wax For Arthritis:
affected area. Applying warm compress like mentioned below gives good relief from pain.
2. Paraffin Wax Hand Bath:
3. Paraffin Wax For Cracked Heels:
4. Paraffin Wax For Face:
5. Paraffin Wax For Physiotherapy:
Where To Buy Paraffin Wax?
We can buy paraffin wax in shops that sell products for soaps, candles, perfumes and color. I usually buy mine from a local seller that sells soap and candle making supplies. I buy paraffin wax in one kilo bag and use it for doing paraffin wax treatment to soften my legs and hands. You can also easily order paraffin wax easily through online shops.
Paraffin Wax Side Effects:
You can use paraffin wax for external application if you don’t have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to do a patch test before doing paraffin wax treatments. Also applying an unrefined oil before applying paraffin wax will greatly skin reduce allergies. Never use paraffin wax for children and though it is used for some children with certain medical conditions to lessen pain, it is best to generally avoid it for them.
I used to use only paraffin wax for making my candles. A dear reader of this blog messaged me about the toxic fumes paraffin wax produces after reading my post on candle making and asked me to substitute it with beeswax. I have tried my best to use only beeswax for making candles after that.
Paraffin wax is best avoided in candles as the fumes are toxic. When we burn the candles made with paraffin wax it produces smoke that is very toxic. When I was reading the EPA document about candles and environmental pollution, what shocked me the most was scented candles produces the most toxic fumes.
The combinations of paraffin wax and fragrance oils produces soot and candles that contain large amount of fragrance oils produces the most soot. We all look out for the most scented candles to relax us, the product that is suppose to relax and calm us causing so much harm is so scary! Also imagine the effects of burning scented candles in rooms with small children, asthma patients and older people.
Using scented candles once in a while will not cause harm, but lighting paraffin wax candles especially highly scented ones in closed unventilated space will cause the most problems. Try substituting paraffin wax candles with beeswax candles or soy candles and for aromatherapy try using a diffuser instead of scented candles.
Also never buy candles with lead wick, they cause lot of harm, especially pregnant women and small children will be harmed the most. Many countries have banned lead wick candles, but here in India it is widely used. With a simple trick we can find out whether a candle has got lead wick or not. To find out, remove the wax from the tip of the wick and separate the strands, if you see a metallic core, it has lead.
How To Do Paraffin Wax Treatment At Home
1. Take paraffin wax and unrefined oil in a paraffin wax heater and melt.
2. There is no temperature setting in my wax heater so I heat it till it is melted and wait for it to cool a bit. Now using a brush, apply the wax on the area you want to use.
3. Apply 2 to 3 layers of paraffin wax.
4. Cover either with an aluminum foil or a plastic cover and tie it at the base.
5. Wait for 20 to 30 minutes, remove the plastic cover and peel off the wax. You will find your skin really soft and smooth.
- Be careful while applying paraffin wax especially if you are dipping your hands directly in the wax.
- You can use any unrefined oil that you prefer along with beeswax.
- If you have sensitive skin, do a small patch test before applying.