When most of us think of bees, only two main things come to our minds; honey and the risk of bee stings (especially for those who may be allergic to bee stings). Not many know of Beeswax which is another wonderful gift to us from the beehive. Highly valued in past centuries due to its versatility and wide range of important uses, though has become a bit forgotten product in the modern age of mass synthetic production. However its beneficial properties, from a format that is completely natural, remain as valid today as they were centuries ago and are gradually being appreciated once again.
Talking about Beeswax, it is a waxy substance produced by the glands on the abdomen of the bee. What the bees first do is collect floral sugars also called royal jelly (nectars) and Bee pollens and then convert the nectars into honey and eventually into wax. By consuming the honey, the bee will produce tiny scales of wax. It takes about 1,000 of these scales to make up one gram of wax. The bees need to consume about eight pounds of honey to produce one pound of wax. The beeswax actually starts out white, not yellow as it seems to us generally. The yellow color comes from contact with the bee pollens that they collect and contact with the bees themselves. Due to the fact that bee pollen contains every nutrient known to man that are an essential role in sustaining human health and since it is an essential ingredient in the beeswax that finally does the conversion, it has given the beeswax properties to sustaining human health.
The bees themselves have quite a number of benefits they get from the beeswax. Some of the beeswax is used to produce the brood comb (the area where the eggs are laid, and is usually found in the lower part of the hive. They also use beeswax to produce the honey comb (the structure that stores the honey and the pollen gathered by the worker bees) not forgetting the wax cappings used to seal the cavities of the comb. It is the purest form of beeswax and is typically white or light yellow in color.
Beeswax is not only beneficial to the bees but also to us human beings. Research has it that emulsifier turns oils and waters into minute droplets that blend together to create a smooth cream. All creams and lotions need an emulsifier. Synthetic chemicals can do the job, but they do not belong in natural skin care products. That is where beeswax comes in. Beeswax is a natural emulsifier. When added to the water and oil elements of a cream, the beeswax creates the bridge that allows the two to blend. Not only is beeswax a natural emulsifier, it also directly benefits the skin by creating a natural protective barrier. Straight beeswax hardens when cool, but when mixed into a cream, it goes on smooth leaving the finest, unnoticeable layer on the skin’s surface. This fine layer keeps the oils in the skin where they provide the most moisturizing and softening benefits. Many products that coat the skin lead to clogged pores and acne, but beeswax creates a breathable layer that will not clog pores or create skin problems.
Beeswax has natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. This is good news for your skin. Harmful microbes and bacteria can cause infections and other skin problems. Using a natural skin cream that contains beeswax promotes skin health and helps heal small wounds and abrasions. It is naturally loaded with healing properties. Be it skin allergies or nasty infections, applying beeswax can help provide relief to the affected area. Since the beeswax is naturally rich in anti-germicidal properties that enables it to heal cuts, bruises and injuries in a better way. Beeswax also works well as a conditioner for the hair keeping it soft and nourished all through the day.
In you attempt to live a more health conscious lifestyle, switching your everyday products to natural choices is advisable. One of changes you should make is the use of products that contain beeswax instead of the ones you used before. Beeswax does not oxidize, and is not affected by things such as mildew or salt water, and other elements. When beeswax that is thousands of years old was found, it differs little from new beeswax. For a healthy lifestyle, go for beeswax.