Where Can You Find Paraffin Wax?

Paraffin therapy can help soothe aching hands and feet.
Paraffin therapy can help soothe aching hands and feet. (Image: tired hands image by Victor B from Fotolia.com)

Paraffin wax has various uses, but is perhaps best known as a candle-making material. You can find paraffin wax in craft stores and online. Paraffin wax also has a role in health care.

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Paraffin wax is a low-odor, white, solid material. Paraffin wax can be melted and formed easily, retaining heat well. Special kinds of paraffin wax with a lower melting point are used in health care to apply heat to body tissues.

Types

Paraffin wax for candle-making is usually sold in granulated form. Paraffin wax granules are white and have almost no odor. For colored or scented candles, add dyes and fragrances. Paraffin wax baths are used to treat arthritis, injuries and other conditions. You can find home paraffin bath treatments through health care suppliers.

Warning

The medical grade paraffin wax used in health care is different to the paraffin wax used to make candles. Don't use candle wax as a treatment. You risk serious burns.

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