Do you keep bees for a hobby or personal business? I bet your looking to make the most you can from your friendly flyers. You use honey as just honey or in your teas etc. But how do you use the beeswax?
“Beeswax is harvested from hives during peak harvesting season. Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens that produce wax droplets that hardens into flakes when exposed to air. The worker bees take these flakes in their mouths to soften them into a workable material that attaches to the honeycomb.”
Did you know that there are hundreds of ways to use beeswax? Have a sticky door or drawer? Lightly coating the door jam or along the drawers and it will open and close like a dream. It even can be made into a furniture polish. Love Chapstick but need or want a more natural product? Bert’s Bees, a common name among natural beauty products use beeswax to naturally soften and protect your lips. Want soft silky frizz free hair? Use beeswax on your hair or make a shampoo and conditioner with it! As an anti-inflammatory skin balm, it is medicinally known to help patients with skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. Wondering how to do-it-yourself? Here’s two simple combinations to try at home:
- Lip Balm – 1 TBSP Beeswax, 2 TBSP Coconut Oil, 2 Capsules Vitamin E
- Hand Lotion – 1 Part Beeswax, 4 Part Olive Oil (add a little Coconut oil)
Never use the microwave to melt the wax. Use a double boiler, uncovered, strain if necessary. Using the wax as soon as possible after harvesting will prevent larvae from forming. If it does, definitely either filter or use the clean side of the wax.
A lot of people use it in cooking as well to help seal in flavors in candies or even as a nonstick aid when frying. A very interesting way you can use it is to seal your letters! Have a fancy letter to send for a formal event? Instead of licking the envelope you can lightly coat in beeswax and it will seal and then to top it off you can mold a circle or square of it then add an imprint in it and stick in the envelope for even more of a seal! Also, people love to burn candles for their nice smell but the smoke and aromas from them can be toxic from all the chemicals. Well beeswax makes a nice sweet smelling toxic free candle. Your friendly little flyers’ wax or “poop” as one author called it can be useful in so many ways naturally. “It can take as much as 10 pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.” Without bees we wouldn’t have all the wonderful oxygen from the plants and trees and all the tasty honey and natural products from their wax. So if you are beekeeping don’t ax the wax! If you’re not a beekeeper, you can expect to pay between $7 up to $15 a pound of natural beeswax depending on the purity. Bees are a huge part of our ecosystem and economy!