Beeswax is a natural substance secreted and generated by honey bees to develop their honeycombs. It comprises large fatty acids, hydrocarbons, and esters. The wax is mostly hard and breakable when cold but gets soft when exposed to human body temperature or heated.
If kept in a safe and cool dry place, beeswax does not spoil or otherwise expire, thus making it potent to be continually used and reheated when necessary.
Just like honey, Beeswax varies in colors depending on various factors related to the bees themselves such as the age of the bees and the region of the flower growth from which the honey is derived.
Beeswax ranges in color: Yellow, White, and Absolute. Yellow Beeswax is the natural, unrefined wax for honeycomb. White Beeswax is the result of Yellow Beeswax undergoing the filtering and purifying process, while Absolute Beeswax is the result of treating Yellow Beeswax with Alcohol.
The pollen, resin, and gum content in the originating honey determine the color of the Beeswax. The scent of both honey and wax is also affected by these elements.
Beeswax is said and known to have many beauty and therapeutic properties. We will highlight the therapeutic benefits of natural beeswax in this first article, while subsequent blog posts will focus on the various uses of beeswax.
Candle Making With Natural Beeswax - An Aromatherapy
After a long stressful day, there is nothing so relaxing and healing than spending some time alone, while enjoying a warm bath in a bathtub filled with the aromatic scent of bath salts, and meditating while watching the flame of the beeswax candles illuminating your space.
In aromatherapy, the lengthy and smokeless burn time makes Beeswax a valuable ingredient in aromatherapy candles.
The candles also exude aroma honey- which ranges from sweet, floral, and fresh scent whiles eliminating airborne pollutants, such as bacteria, allergens, and odors.
To have an enhanced fragrance, essential oils can be added during the production of these candles.
Furthermore, beeswax candles are believed to promote overall physical and mental well-being reducing stress, decreasing physical pain, and regulating blood pressure.