Description: Beeswax is widely used in the medical and beauty industry, and there are many good reasons for this. It’s packed full benefits. Keep reading to learn more.
Beeswax is a natural substance made up of fatty acids, hydrocarbons, and esters. It is secreted by honeybees as they develop their honeycombs. A unique property of beeswax is that it doesn’t spoil or expire and therefore, it can continue to be reused and reheated. Like honey, there are different types of beeswax – yellow, white, and brown. The color depends on several factors including the age of the bees, the flowers from which the bees sourced their nectar, the region in which the flowers grow, and more. These factors also determine the scent of both the honey and the wax that bees produce. The benefits of beeswax are plentiful, but before we dive into those, let’s discuss the production of beeswax.
How do bees make beeswax?
Beeswax is an essential element for the honeybee colony as it is used in the construction of combs, in which pollen and honey are stored and broods are raised. Forager bees are responsible for bring nectar back to the hive in what is known as their honey stomach. The nectar is than passed from bee to bee so water content can be reduced and honey formed. Once the honey is formed, female worker bees convert it into beeswax by huddling together and increasing the temperature in the hive. This enables the wax glands on their abdomen to convert the sugar from the honey into beeswax, which oozes from small pores on the bees’ body and forms scales on their abdomen. Either these bees or hive bees will chew the scales, which turns them into beeswax! Humans can than harvest this beeswax and its many benefits to create different products like lip balm, lotion, and candles.
The benefits of beeswax
When used for aromatherapy purposes, beeswax is smokeless, has a lengthy burn time, and exudes the aroma of honey which can range in notes from sweet to savory, fresh to robust and so forth. The aroma of beeswax has also benefits—it is known to help eliminate airborne pollutants like bacteria, allergens, and odors. Beeswax is also believed to promote overall physical and mental wellbeing when used in aromatherapy. The scent not only invigorates the body but can help in reducing stress, strengthening focus, decreasing physical pain, and regulating blood pressure.
Beeswax is used in a wide range of cosmetic products. The benefits of beeswax on the skin include conditioning, soothing, and moisturizing. Beeswax does not clog pores, but it does form a protective barrier against environmental pollutants and harsh environmental elements. Beeswax is rich in vitamins and can diminish the appearance of fine lines, spots, and more. It can also exfoliate dead skin cells away so skin appears even more youthful and vibrant. Beeswax is mild enough to be used by those with sensitive skin, and it can even sooth itchiness and irritation. Because of this, it’s often used in lip balms and salves, which are meant for treating scrapes, minor cuts and wounds, and burns. Beeswax is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits, which prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body through chapped or broken skin. It’s wonderful for those living in dry climates or those who suffer from topical allergies or skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.
Lastly, beeswax can be used as a sustainable way to package leftovers, rather than using plastic wrap.
With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why beeswax is great for candles. With a soft, natural honey scent and no toxins, you get a beautiful glow from your candle. It’s as natural as it gets. Click here to learn more.