Beeswax is the tallow-like substance secreted by honeybees and is used for building the honeycomb. Furthermore, it is also considered one of nature’s most perfect products. Beeswax has been prized since the days of the ancient Egyptians and has been used in all sorts of products: from candles to hair wax and body soap to skin cream. Furthermore, beeswax makes an excellent material for making many types of your own homemade products.
Homemade Beeswax Candles
One of the most common and popular homemade products made from beeswax is candles. 100 percent pure beeswax candles burn slower and much more cleanly than do paraffin candles that often contain dangerous additives and chemicals. Beeswax candles do not produce black soot as do most types of paraffin candles and even act as an air purifier. In fact, many people claim that 100 percent pure beeswax, when burned, releases negative ions into the air that improve the quality and breathability of the air. It is also said that beeswax candles can help alleviate allergies and hay fever. No other natural substance is known to produce negative ions when burned.
Homemade Beeswax Hair Products
Pure and natural beeswax has been used as a hair gel and conditioner for centuries. In fact, it is often added to many expensive hair lotions, ointments, conditioners, creams and hair balms. The natural physical properties of beeswax make it ideal to give human hair a healthy shine, thicker volume and a much more healthy appearance.
Beeswax includes important compounds such as hydrocarbons, esters and 3-hydroxyline as well as a free radical alcohols and acids that help to nourish a person's hair and stimulates growth and a healthy glow. In fact, it is not unusual for some people to apply pure beeswax to their hair and allow it to sit for 30 minutes or an hour before washing it out. This very simple conditioning method of hair treatment is said to help a give a person's hair a high sheen and healthy volume as well as make the hair stronger and more resistant to breakage.
Homemade Beeswax Soap
Another very popular homemade beeswax product is body soap. As it is for human hair, beeswax is also very good for a person's skin. Furthermore, beeswax has been a treasured ingredient in quality body soaps for hundreds of years and is well-known for its chemical-free cleansing and moisturizing properties. In fact, many people claim that beeswax is as effective as Vitamin E for promoting skin cell growth and regeneration and helping to alleviate the discoloration of scarring or damaged tissue.
There are literally hundreds of common homemade products that take advantage of the natural benefits of beeswax. Furthermore there are many excellent books, publications and websites that will teach you how to make quality beeswax products yourself. Beeswax is a renewable source and doesn't cause harm or pollution to our environment the way petroleum-based products do.