Beeswax is a natural wax secreted by bees to help protect the honeycomb. Beeswax has been used by humans for thousands of years. Some of its ancient uses were for jewelry making and cast molds. Beeswax has plenty of modern uses too.
Probably the most well-known use of beeswax is in candy making. Beeswax is used often to make jelly beans and some "gummy" candies (gummy bears and worms, for example). Beeswax is used in candy making to seal the flavor of the candy and to give it texture.
Beeswax remains the most popular way to style hair into dreadlocks. In this process, the beeswax is melted down and applied to the twisted braids; then it is allowed to dry and harden. There are types of processed beeswax made specifically for styling dreadlocks, but any type of beeswax can be used.
Beeswax has many uses in general carpentry. Beeswax can be used to lubricate the edges of woodwork, to naturally seal furnishings and to lubricate machinery. Beeswax has been used in carpentry for years.
Beeswax was used for almost all early candles. Most mainstream candle manufacturers have switched to the petroleum-based synthetic wax paraffin, but many "natural" or "organic" candle manufacturers still opt for the beeswax. Beeswax is often thought to be the highest quality wax used in candle making, because it burns cleaner than other waxes.
Original crayons were made with beeswax, but like candles, most manufacturers have switched to paraffin. Crayons can be made at home with beeswax, talc and pigment (coloring).
Beeswax is commonly used by blacksmiths in traditional ironworks. Beeswax can give iron luster and prevent rust from forming on the surface.
Ointments & Balms
Beeswax is commonly used in "natural" or "organic" balms and ointments. In balms and ointments, beeswax is combined with herbs and essential oils. Beeswax is the final ingredient in the product and gives the finished product a wax-like consistency.
Oil Spill Cleanup
A revolutionary design, developed in part by NASA, utilizes beeswax combined with enzymes to assist with the cleanup of oil spills. The natural beeswax absorbs the oil, and the enzymes break it down. The use of beeswax is important in this process, because it is safe for the oceans.
How to Make a Beeswax Candle
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