What is Beeswax?

Bees consume about eight times as much honey and fly 150,000 miles to create one pound of beeswax. Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. The wax is formed by worker bees, which then discard it in the hive. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey storage, larval and pupal protection within the beehive. The new wax is initially glass-clear and colourless, and becomes progressively more yellow or brown by incorporation of pollen oils and propolis.

What About Beeswax?

Beeswax may be used in many different ways. Primarily, it is used in the making of honeycombs by the bees. Other ways to use beeswax includes the production of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals to name a few. There are three main types of beeswax products. Yellow beeswax is the unrefined product obtained from the honeycomb, white beeswax is bleached or filtered beeswax, and beeswax absolute is treated with alcohol. Beeswax has been around in food and preparation for a long time and may be used as a coating for cheese for protection against spoilage, food additive and in some cases as a glazing agent.

What's So Great About Beeswax?

As medicine, beeswax is used for lowering cholesterol and for relieving pain. It is also used for swelling (inflammation), ulcers, diarrhea, and hiccups. In foods and beverages, white beeswax and beeswax absolute (yellow beeswax treated with alcohol), are used as stiffening agents. In manufacturing, yellow and white beeswax are used as thickeners, emulsifiers, and as stiffening agents in cosmetics. Beeswax absolute is used as a fragrance in soaps and perfumes. White beeswax and beeswax absolute are also used to polish pills.

Beeswax For Candle Making and Cosmetics?

Use of beeswax in skin care and cosmetics has been increasing. A German study found beeswax to be superior to similar barrier creams (usually mineral oil-based creams such as petroleum jelly), when used according to its protocol. Beeswax is used in lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, and moisturizers; and in cosmetics such as eye shadow, blush, and eye liner.

Candle-making has long involved the use of beeswax, which is highly flammable. This may be because beeswax candles are often purported to be superior to other wax candles, because they are meant to burn brighter and longer, do not bend, and burn "cleaner".

Refined beeswax plays a prominent role in art materials both as a binder in encaustic paint and as a stabilizer in oil paint to add body.


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