Honey, flowers, nectar, bees. What do all these things make you think of?
Beeswax! What exactly is beeswax? I’ve seen beeswax on beauty product labels but I’ve never really known much about it beyond that it comes from bees. In this blog post we will dive into what beeswax is and learn a few interesting facts!
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- Beeswax is created by bees and it is a natural wax that bees use to form honeycombs.
- Beeswax is used in many natural products for example, healing salves, lip balm and moisturizers.
- Beeswax can reduce the risk of contamination and prevents the growth of fungi and yeasts. Beeswax is able to do this due to having antibacterial and antifungal properties! Pretty, neat!
- Honey bees have few predators. Some birds, reptiles, small mammals eat honey bees. Bears have also been caught destroying hives to eat honey!
- Do you love candles but hate how fast they burn through? Try a beeswax candle! They can burn brighter and cleaner than candles made from other wax. Cool, right?
- Beeswax is a natural waterproofing agent. So next time you go camping don’t forget the beeswax for things like your hiking shoes and tents.
- Beeswax contains a natural protective substance called “propolis”, which is Greek and means “defense of the city”. This makes pure beeswax never rot!
- Australian Scientists discovered a set of teeth from the New Stone Age (6440 and 6650 years ago!) that had beeswax filings. Beeswax was actually used as an ancient form of dental filling! Picture your dentist pulling out a honeycomb today, to fill your cavities?!
- Beeswax is often used in products like lip balm. Although it doesn’t taste very good, beeswax is actually edible!
- Refined beeswax can be used as an oil paint stabilizer. So I guess bees have contributed to some beautiful pieces of artwork throughout time!
- It takes roughly 8 pounds of honey to make just 1 pound of beeswax! Talk about a worker bee!
- Slumgum is a funny word used to describe the leftover, “dirty” beeswax that is not used in commercial beeswax products. However, slumgum can be used to make a good fire starter!
- Do you like drawing with crayons? Natural crayons can contain beeswax as an ingredient!
- Which use for beeswax did you think was definitely the “bees knees”. Will you go to your next dentist visit asking for a beeswax dental filling?