Candles are a versatile item, used in many different wa […]
Candles are a versatile item, used in many different ways around the world. In fact, the word "candle" is derived from Latin, from the word," Candle," which itself comes from a combination of two words: "Curere," Lamp." The first part of the word, "Curere," from Latin, means, "to turn to the lamp." So in essence, candles are lighted for their own sake and not to keep others lit.
A candle is simply an ignorable wick sealed in paraffin wax, or some other flammable solid material like tallow, which gives off light, and sometimes, a scent. But there are more sophisticated uses for candles, too. A candle can give off heat for its light bulb, or it can provide a means of keeping time by allowing light to constantly emerge from the bottom, thus "starving" the flame of wood, which must be burned in order to provide light.
There are two types of candles: wax candles and paraffin candles. Paraffin wax candles are made from tallow or other animal fat and are yellow in color - much like beeswax. While they don't burn cleanly, they're still considered to be very safe, compared to paraffin candles which have been recently discovered to be more toxic than you might think. These were often used as candles for indoors as well as out.
In the early to mid-1800s, candles were created for the first time, using the paraffin wax that was created during the industrial revolution for their fuel source. These candles gave off a kind of glow that made them desirable even to those who felt uncomfortable about burning wood. In the late 1800s, however, candles started to take on a whole new look, thanks to advances in glass manufacturing and candle-making technologies. During this process, sodium silicates was discovered, creating paraffin candles that gave off a clear flame, similar to the way that campfires gave off long-lasting light without the danger of fire.
In addition to this, scented tallow candles began to surface in the late 1800s. Scented candles had originally been created for medicinal purposes - but as their popularity grew, so did their uses. Scented candles gave off subtle aromas that were pleasant to the sense, which is the main reason they became so popular in homes - especially the homes of whomever was working at the time who wasn't afraid to burn wood. For example, whoever it was that worked in the kitchen would light a tallow candle, place it near a fire, and blow the scent around the entire home to help calm their nervous nerves after a big dinner. This meant that everyone in the house would get to enjoy the scent of the candle - even if they weren't particularly into burning wood. As the demand for candles grew, developers started to figure out ways to make candles that burned cleanly.
The biggest problem faced by the candle industry, however, was dealing with what many believe to be the dangerous gases and particulate matter that some candles produced. One issue was that some candles were actually putting out fires in houses - which caused even more problems because, if there was a fire, it could easily spread to other rooms in the house, causing even more damage. Another problem was that some candles actually contained a type of petroleum or paraffin that actually released large amounts of toxic chemicals into the air when burned. These two issues combined meant that candles would no longer be as popular as they once were, but their heyday might just last a little bit longer.