Beeswax Usage Ideas
Beeswax is a remarkable by-product of honey. Beeswax is made by the youngest honey bees in a colony; they are too young to forage for nectar. To produce the wax they gorge themselves on honey and link themselves together by the hundreds. After several hours wax starts to flow from pockets in their abdomens. Each bee then scrapes off the wax with their legs and chews it into soft pellets. They then use these pellets to make perfectly engineered honeycomb cells. The hexagon shape used is the most efficient storage structure ever developed by any species, including humans. - This is then softened to make Bees Wax Blocks.
Beeswax is sustainable and has a lovely scent, below are some of the marvellous things you can use it for!
Reusable Food Wraps
Basically environmental friendly glad wrap! The only glad wrap you’ll find in my home, my sister is addicted to making these wraps with cute fabrics, super easy too!
To use, just place over a bowl or container, wrap around food like cheese, or fold into a snack bag. The warmth of your hands will mould the wrap into the desired shape.
They can be washed with cold water and a mild soap, and then left to air dry.
Depending on how frequently they’re used, they can last for up to a year. After that, all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
See a simple Method of making them here.
Bees Wax Candles
Beeswax candles are a great substitute for artificially scented paraffin candles and they actually work to purify the air instead of polluting it. Beeswax emits negative ions when it is burnt. Negative ions are effective at reducing dust, dander, and mould that float in the air we breathe. Many people report that burning a beeswax candle in your bedroom 30 minutes before falling asleep produces a more restful sleep and can help treat allergies.
DIY Beauty Products
Bees Wax is great for creating a barrier of moisture, but not enough to suffocate your skin. It is also great for sensitive skin as it is a natural product that can lock in hydrating moisture. Here are some great natural products to try for yourself –
Deep Moisture Balm - for Nappy Rash, Cuticle Cream, Lip Balm, Elbows.
Cold and Flu Relief
When an illness strikes, I turn to beeswax based natural remedies. Homemade natural vapour rub helps when coughing and congestion hit, and this vapour rub can help to provide some relief without slathering petroleum jelly all over your skin.
Frequent nose blowing during illness can wreak havoc on the tender skin around your nose. This sore nose soothing balm recipe combines herb-infused oil with beeswax and Shea butter for a healing, nourishing balm.
Wood and Polish Sealant
This Bees Wax polish will help protect the colour of your stain, seal your wood from unwanted stains, and keep the wood from drying out and cracking. It can also serve as a standalone wood sealer and stain.
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