What is beeswax?
Beeswax is a natural product, produced by different types of honey bees. Wax is secreted by wax-glands that are located on the inner side of a working bee’s stomach. During secretion, wax is liquid but quickly solidifies into a thick airy mass. After removal of wax panels from their stomach, working bees start chewing wax so it can be used to build honey-comb cells.
What does beeswax contain?
Beeswax consists of unattached fatty acids, ester, hydrocarbon, mineral matter, water, carotenoid, color and fragrance.
What are the properties of beeswax ?
Beeswax has no flavor, but has the agreeable scent of honey. It’s color varies from light yellow to darker colors. It turns to liquid at a temperature of about 60°С.
What is beeswax used for?
Beeswax is used for making wax for honey combs and also in the production of candles, etc. It is used in agriculture for making of graft-wax for fruit growing.
Beeswax is also used in folk and modern medicine for making medical ointment, creams and various cosmetic preparations. Beeswax is also used as a balm for burns. It dilates blood vessels, thereby improving blood circulation.
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