5 Top Benefits & Uses Of Paraffin Wax For Hands, Feet & Arthritis

Paraffin wax which is petroleum based product that does have some health benefits and uses if used as a heat treatment. Paraffin wax heat treatment increases the blood flow, relaxes stiff muscles and softens the skin. This amazing property of paraffin wax has certain uses and benefits. In India, paraffin wax treatment is especially used in skin care to soften hands and legs and is mostly included as a part of pedicure and manicure. Another main use of paraffin wax is treating arthritic pain as it relaxes stiff muscles.

What is Paraffin Wax?

Paraffin wax is a petroleum by product and is commonly sold in block form or pellets. Paraffin wax is actually manufactured from the grey sludge that is left after refining the crude oil. To make it into the beautiful pure white pellets that we get in the markets, the waxy substance from the sludge is bleached and chemically treated. It is then made into small pellets easy for melting and sold  in the markets.

Paraffin Wax Benefits & Uses:

1. Paraffin Wax For Arthritis:

Paraffin treatment is very useful for people who suffer from rheumatism as it is one of the best methods to apply deep heat to the
affected area. Applying warm compress like mentioned below gives good relief from pain.

2. Paraffin Wax Hand Bath:

If you have very dry hands, applying paraffin wax treatment will soften your hands really well. You can either dip your hands in the wax or use a brush to apply the wax like I have shown below.

3. Paraffin Wax For Cracked Heels: 

Paraffin wax is widely used in both pedicure and manicure treatments. I got paraffin wax treatment done in a parlor few weeks back and it was really good, it left my feet soft and smooth. The only difference is the paraffin wax that is used in the parlor is scented and colored. You can do the treatment for the fraction of that price at home by following the steps below.

4. Paraffin Wax For Face:

Paraffin wax treatment for face is done in the parlors now to hydrate the skin, reduce the pores and wrinkles and is gaining in popularity. Before doing paraffin wax treatment for your face please do remember paraffin wax is a petroleum by product and if you have sensitive skin or acne, I would suggest not doing the treatment at all.

5. Paraffin Wax For Physiotherapy:

Paraffin wax is also commonly used in physiotherapy treatments to lessen the pain and stiffness. You can use paraffin wax treatment to apply deep heat on any area that causes pain except on open sores and wounds.

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.



  1. max den
    May 27, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Amazing post

  2. Ammy
    July 29, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Wonderful informative post.With adverse effect Paraffin got many therapeutic usage so it is necessary to avoid its demerits usage and use this for others purpose like skin treatment.Thanks for valuable post

  3. Ayurvedam Today
    October 3, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Vwey usweful info in simple language. Thanks. Keep it up.

  4. Tiffany
    July 21, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Very Informative. Paraffin wax indeed works. 🙂

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