'Beeswax: Nature's Super Ingredient. No, really. And seriously. I hope you have a minute or two to really enjoy what I'm about to share with you, because there is seriously so many amazing benefits of beeswax that it's hard to cram it all in just a couple of paragraphs. The last few times we talked, we discussed the revolution of the natural skincare world and why we here at Bee Farmee feel it so important to be a part of the movement and share that with you. We also promised to take a deeper look into the base and powerhouse ingredients we use here in our production room.
Right now, we're going to stick to our baseline solid lotion bar and other solid ingredient products, which is: Beeswax, Raw African Shea Butter, pure coconut oil, and pure essential oils.
Sit down, grab a glass of wine or coffee. You're about to fall in serious love with bees and their byproducts.
A quick overview: The female worker bees hold eight little wax-producing glands from their hard-earned collected nectar. Those glands are secreted through tiny pores as wax droplets, which then harden when exposed to the air. After being chewed and processed by the bee's saliva, the wax scales turn into the white-ish, pliable construction material they use to store honey and raise their young.
Beeswax has ancient roots in the medicinal world. Beeswax is a well-known antiseptic, holding anti-microbial powers like nothing that could ever be synthetically recreated. In fact, in Ancient Rome, doctors were known to apply a cream known as "cold cream" (beeswax, rose water, and olive oil) used to treat burns, cuts, bruises, and even fractures. Ancient Egyptians appreciated the value of honey and beeswax in both their religious and practical living. And today? Even the University of Iowa College of Veterinary Medicine recognizes the true value of their byproduct. Honey and beeswax both are used widely as an alternative treatment to treat wounds. As a widely known anti-inflammatory, even been studied in the use of relieving pain. A 2014 study published in the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine reports that it was used to helped relieve inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. All randomized patients completed the study, and 23 experienced a reduction in pain, joint stiffness and physical function. These reductions were significant beginning in the second week and became enhanced during the trial.
So beeswax is healing, holds anti-microbial AND anti-fungal properties, and is a proven anti-inflammatory, but what other known benefits does it hold? Hold your horses, because I've compiled the most ridiculously long list.
So why the heck are we using it on our skin? Because it not only repairs, but protects from needing repair. If you've used our Bee Farmee products then you know it helps protect and repair rough, dry or chapped skin because it has the ability to lock in moisture. In the book “How to Use Beeswax and Honey to Cure Skin Problems,” author Gene Ashburner explains that this wax has rich vitamin A content and emollient properties, which soften and rehydrate the skin as well as aiding in the healthy development of cellular reconstruction.www.facebook.com/beefarmee
The best part? (Really, could there be another best part?!) Beeswax is noncomedogenic! Which means it won’t clog pores!
One last thing before we wrap up here. We have had a few customers ask if using the beeswax destroys or harms our bees or hives. The answer is: harvesting honey and wax should never harm a hive if done so sustainably. Beekeepers know to only take a little and leave a lot for their bees to winter over. After all, the bees are the ones who put all of their hard work and love into their hives.
There is even more I could have written about bees and their wax, but I'll spare you all and save it for another time. I promised to only write on the benefits of Bee Farmee's lotion bar ingredients, so for now we'll come back next week to talk about my next favorite ingredient we use for your Bee Farmee products. I hope you all learned lots and have just a little more appreciation for bees and their wax. We certainly love them.
As always, we love to hear your feedback! Feel free to leave a comment, message us on Facebook, or email us! See you next week!