Beeswax. ( Cera Alba)We see it and love it. It smells amazing and we know about all it’s the health benefits. However do we know how the bees make it, how it’s filtered by bee crafters and the difference local beeswax has instead of the types available on Amazon and similar website.

beeswax votive

 

Let’s chat beeswax. These are cells that are the building blocks of the honey bee colony, one of the most iconic structure in nature. It’s shape is formed when the hive is warmed and the wax walls shift to create straight lines.

How’s it’s made. Young worker bees develop 8 wax glands that produce tiny wax scales. They are collected on a large gland on the hind legs. These are passed to the mouths of 100’s of honey bees, who deposit in the cell area. They use their antennae to create the perfect thickness of wall. Not too much wax and most amount of strength.

beeswax filtering

 

My process. I use the water method to filter my wax. I warm the water and place the wax wrapped in muslin in to melt. When the wax has hardened and the muck is a the bottom, I remove the muck and repeat 3 times. Then it’s ready to use. 

 

Benefits of buying from local bee people to your health and the bees health. It takes 6-8 lbs of honey to make 1lb of wax. This means all the health benefits in honey are in the beeswax. Locally made hive products gives you a better benefits. Free range bees will visit up to 2000 flowers a day and collect many healthy pollens and nectars. making their honey and wax the most healthy to that area. Some bee farms don’t allow the bees to leave the hives and are fed sugar throughout the season. This makes the honey and beeswax about as healthy as deep fried chocolate bars, a nice treat but won’t help your IBS or Asthma.

Local bee keepers, apiaries and bee product retailers are fully on board with creating a better happy, healthy life for the bees. Not all honey and beeswax is the same. Buy from someone who knows their bee business.