Beeswax is the wax produced by honey bees in their hive. The wax is used to build honeycomb cells that provide storage areas for honey and pollen as well as a place to raise their young. Worker bees produce the wax from 8 glands located on their abdomen. Beeswax is initially colorless, but takes on a yellow appearance due to the oil from the pollen and propolis. The beeswax is collected by beekeepers and refined for further use.
Uses of beeswax
- Beekeepers use a lot of the beeswax to create new beehives for their bees, but there are many other uses for this product.
- Beeswax is used as a glazing agent in some foods. It is represented by the number E901 in a list of ingredients. This provides a shiny appearance or protective coating to the food.
- Beeswax is used in some cosmetics as an effective barrier cream. It is also used in mustache wax and pomade (used for styling hair).
- it is also used in bone wax, which is the product used to stop the bones bleeding during surgery.
- Beeswax can also be used to create candles, which are popular because they provide a clean burn with very little wax drip.
- It is also a very good polish and is used in many natural shoe and furniture polishes.
- Beeswax is mixed with various other ingredients to form an adhesive used to attach knife handles to the blade. A similar mixture is used to attach the internal parts of a squeezebox.