We use honey to make delicious recipes and DIY face masks, but did you know bees produce another useful substance? It’s called beeswax–a magical substance created as a byproduct of the honey harvesting process. Beeswax comes melted and packaged into blocks that you can purchase online or from your local farmers’ market.
Thanks to their natural properties, beeswax candles have many benefits. But it is also used in a myriad of ways at home and in beauty products. Keep reading to learn the most creative and practical uses for beeswax.
Virtually everyone knows beeswax candles. These candles have more benefits than ordinary paraffin candles. Beeswax candles’ primary benefits over paraffin candles are that they don’t produce soot and are all-natural. Thus, they don’t emit nasty chemicals such as benzene. In addition, beeswax does not have additives such as synthetic colors and perfumes, which are often found in paraffin candles.
You can easily make these candles at home using beeswax, coconut oil, and a wick. These candles make excellent gifts, especially if you add a few drops of essential oil.
Beeswax is a common ingredient in cosmetic products. Most people who prefer making their own products at home using natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, healing herbs, almond oil, and essential oils use beeswax as a base ingredient. Not only does it help with thickening and emulsification, but it also provides fantastic benefits that scientists are beginning to prove.
Beeswax has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and moisturizing properties. Unlike the harmful petroleum jelly, it provides a protective barrier that lets your skin breathe.
Known for its water repellent qualities, beeswax can waterproof shoes or cloth items. Melt a block of wax in a pan and brush it on your shoe with an old paintbrush. Use a hairdryer to finish the job. Make sure to melt beeswax on an old pan or utensils as it’s too sticky to clean. Also, when brushing it on shoes, please wear old clothes. The stains are hard to remove.
After cleaning your garden tools, you can rub them down with beeswax. Beeswax creates a protective barrier that repels moisture, preventing rust.
You can also make your furniture polish at home by heating beeswax, olive oil, and essential oils. Use the furnish to replenish wooden furniture and give them a protective glow.
Beeswax is a unique product with a myriad of uses. We hope you benefit from the above information on the most creative and practical uses for beeswax.
Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.