Our waxes are not only used for candles, but are also ideal for the beekeeping, food, cosmetic and medical products. Pure beeswax blocks.
Beeswax is made by very young honey flow bees. It is used to protect the beehive against moisture and to build the honeycombs. Bees use honey to make beeswax. 1 kg of beeswax requires around 7 kg of honey. After ingesting the honey, the bee stays inside the colony for 24 hours until the bee’s body turns this honey into beeswax. Beeswax is then excreted from the eight glands in the bee’s lower abdomen. Once the beeswax is excreted and comes in contact with air, it hardens into small flakes. The bee then grabs these wax granules with its legs to raise them to its lower jaw and chews until the beeswax softens. Bees use this softened beeswax to make a perfectly structured honeycomb. Honeycomb is used to store honey and pollen. It also houses the developing bee larvae. Once bees fill the honeycomb with honey, the beeswax acquires its characteristic fragrance. This scent depends on both the source of the nectar (the honey variety) and the length of time the honeycomb has been present in the hive.
Beeswax is a solid, water-insoluble substance with a very stable chemical structure that stays constant over time. Freshly made beeswax is white. However, honeycombs made of this beeswax will darken over time. Each batch of beeswax has its own unique colour and aroma properties. As a result, beeswax that has undergone the traditional filtration process to remove various impurities can vary from light yellow to dark brown.
Beeswax consists of 24 types of complex ethers, 12 fatty acids, carbohydrates, some water, as well as dyes, aromatics, and minerals from propolis, honey, and pollen. Beeswax is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Natural beeswax has potent bactericidal properties. It can help solve dermatological issues and, as such, it is popular in alternative medicine and cosmetology. Beeswax is used for inhalations, wax therapy, physiotherapy, thermotherapy, otolaryngology, gynaecology, and dentistry. Beeswax has a potent bacteriological effect and can be used to treat burns, eliminate toxins and poisoning symptoms, help restore peristalsis, and adjust the balance of the microflora.
Only the freshest, lightest, and most aromatic beeswax is recommended for the purposes of preserving and improving human health.
Frequently asked questions
Beeswax is made from the lower abdomen glands of very young honey flow bees of up to 15 days old. The beeswax is then used in the beehives to protect against moisture and to construct the honeycombs.
Beeswax is a solid, water-insoluble substance with a very stable chemical structure that stays constant over time. Freshly made beeswax is white but bees mix in propolis and pollen when sealing the honeycombs. Essential oils and dyes absorb into the beeswax resulting in the beeswax acquiring the colour and aroma of honey. Each batch of beeswax has its own unique colour and aroma properties, much like honey or wine.
Our beeswax is distinctive for its purity and excellent, intense fragrance of honey and pollen, which is unique to our region. It comes in light to bright yellow, greenish, and orange colours. The carbohydrate content does not exceed 17%. The content of paraffin and other artificial waxes in our beeswax does not exceed 2.0% – 2.5%, whereas beeswax that is most commonly found on the market can have up to 50% of paraffin.
WILD MEADOW HONEY Beeswax ingredients: 70-75% of 24 types of complex ethers (monoesters, diesters, triesters, hydroxy monoesters, and hydroxy polyesters), 13-15% of 12 free fatty acids (acid esters, acid polyesters), 12–16% of carbohydrates, 0.1–2.5% water. It is rich in carotene (vitamin A), as well as dyes and aromatics that absorb into the beeswax from honey, pollen, bee bread, and propolis. These substances ensure that the beeswax acquires its characteristic colour and the lovely fragrance of honey and pollen.
The key difference is that beeswax is a natural product, whereas paraffin wax is an oil by-product made of sludge that is left over from chemically distilling gasoline and oil.
Burning beeswax candles produces negative ions that meet the positively charged pollutants in the air. The charge of these particles is neutralised and they fall to the ground. Beeswax candles burn in a clean way – they cleanse the air and reduce the inhalation of toxins. Beeswax can be burnt in a non-ventilated room without fearing pollution.
On the other hand, burning paraffin candles produces toxic combustion by-products and many of them are known to be carcinogenic.
WILD MEADOW HONEY Beeswax meets the highest quality standards and can be used in food, medicine, and cosmetics industries to preserve and improve human health. Only the freshest, lightest, and most aromatic beeswax is recommended for use in these industries. Beeswax is used for inhalations, wax therapy, physiotherapy, thermotherapy, otolaryngology, gynaecology, and dentistry. Beeswax has potent therapeutic effects:
- It helps treat dermatological problems;
- Beeswax can be used to treat burns;
- It is beneficial in treating upper respiratory tract illnesses;
- It is beneficial in treating throat and oral pathologies;
- It is used to treat sinusitis;
- It can be used to treat asthma and hay-fever;
- It stimulates capillary blood circulation, improves the health of skin and hair;
- It is used to deep heat tissues;
- It is used to treat skin pathologies as it does not cause allergic reactions and can be applied on sensitive skin;
- It is perfect for softening and reducing scars and stretch marks;
- It brightens, nourishes, softens, and soothes irritated skin, eliminates blackheads, and helps the skin retain its youthfulness.
Beeswax treatments tend not to have any contraindications. However, make sure you are not allergic to natural beeswax by applying the beeswax mixture on your wrist and waiting a couple of minutes. If you do not observe any reactions, then you can continue using products containing natural beeswax.
Due to its composition, purity, and excellent quality parameters, WILD MEADOW HONEY Beeswax is perfect for:
- the production of new beehives in beekeeping;
- the manufacture of candles – burning beeswax releases essential oils that create a pleasant aroma and a cosy atmosphere;
- medicine due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, emollient, and moisturising properties, for example, in the production of capsules, gels, creams, lozenges, etc.;
- cosmetology due to the softening, moisturising, and protective properties for the skin, for example, in the production of glosses, lipsticks, moisturisers, hair care products, ointments, emulsions, deodorants, and hair removal products;
- the food and dietary supplement industry due to its preservative and water-retaining properties and the ability to reduce adhesiveness, for example, in cheese production, confectionery, and food packaging.
When buying beeswax, please note that it should be 100% pure beeswax. Labelling laws allow for beeswax that is only 51% to be labelled as ‘pure beeswax’.
Over time, a white powdery cast, known as bloom, appears on the surface of pure beeswax and that is how you can tell that the beeswax is pure. This is a natural process that happens as softer beeswax of a lower melting temperature starts appearing on the surface of beeswax.
It is recommended to store beeswax in a well-ventilated room at a temperature below 20 degrees. It should not be stored in a humid place next to especially fragrant products.
It is recommended to store the beeswax in food storage paper or in paper bags.
If beeswax is stored properly, it does not lose any of its valuable properties for over 10 years.