Imagine for a second a state of affairs through which you have been concurrently:
- caring for a new child that wanted fixed care
- constructing a home with your personal fingers
- having to combat off folks attempting to interrupt into your property
- nonetheless accountable for regular cooking and cleansing
Stressful… proper? Yet that is what a honey bee colony does each single day. On high of that, each single factor they produce is helpful ultimately!
Why Bees Are Amazing
Ever seen the within of a honey bee hive? It’s unimaginable.
Everything is totally ordered, clear, and functioning always. At occasions I’ve had bother taking good care of one child at a time, and honey bees deal with a whole bunch, all whereas constructing a home.
As a former beekeeper and now watching my son deal with his bee hive, I’m in fixed awe of how superb bees are.
Honey could also be the most well-liked product bees create, however it’s removed from the one useful one. (But attempt using honey on your face for those who haven’t already.)
The phrase apitherapy refers back to the observe of utilizing bee merchandise like honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and beeswax in useful methods. Even honey bee venom has been used therapeutically! Sound loopy? Check out this video from the Discovery Channel that explains it.
Now, earlier than I ramble on for hours about how cool bees are (and I actually might ramble for hours about it!), I need to deal with one particular product bees make and the numerous makes use of it has…
Beeswax: Bees Being Brilliant
While we normally prize bees for their honey, royal jelly, and other beneficial (and tasty) by-products, beeswax deserves to be excessive on the bee appreciation checklist as nicely.
Bees really make beeswax as a way to kind the construction of their hive. They secrete wax from particular glands, then chew it up and use it to kind good hexagon-shaped honey comb.
Ever tried to even draw an ideal hexagon? It’s robust even with a ruler, and bees do it with mathematical precision.
Honeybees have additionally apparently been on board with minimalism because the starting. Their hexagon-shaped honeycombs provide essentially the most cupboard space with the least quantity of constructing materials (on this case, beeswax).
When beekeepers harvest honey, they take away the cap off of every cell as a way to extract the honey. These cappings are melted down and filtered to take away non-wax particles which yields the beeswax we use in lots of magnificence merchandise and DIY recipes.
Beeswax is likely one of the 7 ingredients I buy in bulk and at all times preserve readily available for an excellent lots of my pure recipes and cures. It has dozens of makes use of across the dwelling.
Benefits of Beeswax
Beeswax is a wonderful addition to beauty merchandise, for many causes.
- When utilized in lotions and lotions, beeswax creates a barrier which helps to seal moisture into the pores and skin. This is very useful in lip chap during the dry winter months.
- This barrier additionally helps to guard the pores and skin from environmental toxins and irritants.
- Unlike petroleum jelly, which is utilized in a big number of magnificence merchandise, beeswax is not going to “suffocate” the pores and skin, however relatively enable it to breathe whereas nonetheless offering a protecting barrier.
- Beeswax helps to thicken selfmade cosmetics and lotions as a result of it’s strong at room temperature and has a comparatively excessive melting level of 147 levels Fahrenheit. This is very useful in recipes that embrace excessive quantities of coconut oil, which has a low melting level, or different oils which might be liquid at room temperature.
- Beeswax additionally has vitamin A, which improves hydration to the pores and skin and promotes cell regeneration.
12 Uses for Beeswax Around the Home
Beeswax is an extremely versatile pure ingredient for DIY magnificence and pure dwelling merchandise. It is a staple in my selfmade magnificence merchandise and round our home.
While beeswax makes use of are nearly countless, there just a few straightforward methods I take advantage of it at dwelling. If you haven’t already, attempt beeswax in these selfmade recipes:
1. Homemade Deodorant
I’ve been making my very own deodorant for years as a result of it really works so significantly better than retailer purchased. One of the substances I take advantage of is beeswax as a result of it helps kind a pure protecting moisture barrier. This means it helps keep away from sweat stains on garments with out the necessity for dangerous and pointless chemical compounds. Here’s my favorite DIY deodorant recipe, in addition to a super-powered version for men.
2. Lotion Bars
I’m biased, however these are the very best moisturizers on the earth. An ideal mixture of oils, shea butter, and beeswax varieties a strong soap-like bar that’s used on dry pores and skin. It helps soothe pores and skin, locks in moisture, and even has pure anti-wrinkle properties. Make your own with this simple tutorial.
3. DIY Lip Balms
You could make dozens of selfmade magnificence merchandise with the identical set of easy substances. This lip balm recipe makes use of the identical substances because the lotion bars however with a few added substances for scent or coloration. Once you will have these fundamental substances readily available, you may make lip balm for pennies a tube (as a substitute of the $2-3 in shops!). My favorite is this imitation Burt’s Bees lip balm.
4. Lotion Bar Sticks
Like the lotion bars above, this recipe makes use of beeswax, oils, and shea or cocoa butter. This recipe is a modified model that enables it for use in a deodorant container. This makes it somewhat simpler to retailer and apply than the normal lotion bar. Recipe here.
5. Beeswax Candles
I ditched the scented candles and air fresheners years in the past. We solely use beeswax candles in our dwelling and they’re straightforward and enjoyable to make your self. They additionally make nice selfmade presents for the necessary folks in your life. Try this tutorial to make your own!
6. Homemade Soaps
Beeswax is usually added to cleaning soap recipes to make the completed cleaning soap tougher and last more. It ought to solely account for as much as 2% of your cleaning soap recipe. Add any greater than that and your cleaning soap will start to lose lather. Try this spiced essential oil soap. My husband loves it!
7. Baby Products
Most infants can have a diaper rash in some unspecified time in the future. I make an effort to solely use pure skincare merchandise, however with the brand new delicate pores and skin of a child, I take further care to ensure all substances are pure and protected. I take advantage of beeswax in diaper rash cream as a thickener and since it supplies a protecting barrier for the pores and skin whereas serving to the opposite useful substances keep on the pores and skin to allow them to have a higher impact on clearing up the rash.
8. Soothe Cracked Heels
A easy salve of beeswax, coconut oil, and magnesium makes an incredible treatment for cracked heels. Here’s how to make it.
9. On Cracked Hands
I actually consider that just about all the things we have to treatment minor illnesses might be present in nature. Beeswax is a superb treatment for cracked fingers from gardening or out of doors work. It additionally creates a protecting barrier to assist keep away from future injury.
I like so as to add in useful herbs from the backyard to hurry aid much more. Plantain grows in most yards and is a pure treatment for bites and stings and even sunburn. Grab the recipe for DIY gardeners’ hand salve here.
10. Natural Neosporin Alternative
I preserve this “boo-boo lotion” readily available to deal with scrapes, stings, poison ivy, bruises, and for any different kind of gentle harm my youngsters handle to get. It works nearly in addition to kisses for aid of minor scrapes and boo-boos.
11. Cold and Flu Relief
When any sickness strikes, I flip to beeswax primarily based pure cures. Homemade natural vapor rub helps when coughing and congestion hit and supplies some aid with out slathering petroleum jelly throughout your pores and skin.
Frequent nostril blowing throughout sickness can wreak havoc on the tender pores and skin round your nostril. This sore nose soothing balm recipe combines herb-infused oil with beeswax and shea butter for a therapeutic, nourishing balm.
12. Reusable Food Wraps
Heather from Mommypotamus has an incredible tutorial on methods to make your own reusable food wraps. These have a “cling” that makes them an exquisite various to plastic wrap.
Not everybody has the time and curiosity to make their very own meals wraps, so it’s price mentioning that there are great beeswax food wrap options online as well.
Where to Buy Beeswax
Although I like issues pure, I gained’t ask you to go digging in a bee hive! I like to purchase beeswax pastilles as a result of they’re extremely straightforward to work with while you want smaller quantities for lip chap and salves.
Having pastilles isn’t needed when you find yourself doing bigger initiatives like candles as a result of you’ll be able to measure by weight, relatively than by the tablespoon. You also can purchase beeswax in block form, which is barely inexpensive than the pastilles.
Another choice is to purchase it domestically if you’ll be able to get in contact with beekeepers in your space. This helps help native beekeepers (which is necessary!) and you’ll typically discover it comparatively inexpensively.
How do you utilize beeswax? Share a few of your favourite makes use of under!