Beeswax (cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. It is produced in the abdominal glands of ‘worker bees’.
Beeswax starts off as clear and colorless, but becomes opaque after chewing and the addition of pollen, honey, and propolis. Beeswax never goes bad, but over time it gets a powder called bloom on it. Bloom is a natural process of the oils rising to the surface. While bloom does not affect the way a beeswax candle burns, it is easily removed by rubbing with a soft cloth. Beeswax is a natural and renewable resource.
Uses of beeswax :
- Beeswax has been used since prehistory as the first plastic, as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather, for making candles, as an ingredient in cosmetics and as an artistic medium in encaustic painting.
- Purified and bleached beeswax is used in the production of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
- Beeswax is an ingredient in surgical bone wax, which is used during surgery to control bleeding from bone surfaces.
- Shoe polish and furniture polish can both use beeswax as a component, dissolved in turpentine or sometimes blended with linseed oil or tung oil.
- For thousands of years, beeswax has had a wide variety of applications; it has been found in the tombs of Egypt, in wrecked Viking ships, and in Roman ruins, in the form of wax tablets, sealing wax, fabric printing and various other uses.
- Beeswax has been used to make candles for centuries, and this material was traditionally prescribed for the making of the Paschal candle in churches. The oldest beeswax candles found date back to the 6th century AD!
Here’s why candles made of beeswax is a much healthier and wiser option than the industrial paraffin candles that are available commonly in the market :
- Beeswax is a natural renewable wax produced by bees in nature, while paraffin wax is non-renewable and created as a by-product of petroleum and coal. This makes beeswax eco-friendly and 100% natural, which paraffin is not.
- Our beeswax is not treated with any chemicals or bleach making it completely non-toxic, while all paraffin wax candles have toxic chemicals like benzene and toluene.
- Beeswax is hypo-allergic making it great for people with allergies or sensitivities like asthma. Paraffin wax is very harmful for people with such sensitivities .
- Beeswax candles are believed to produce negative ions as they burn. Negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
- Beeswax candles naturally burn significantly longer than paraffin candles.