Beeswax History



Beeswax History

 In 1744, H.C. Hombostel discovered Beeswax to be synthesized by four pairs of wax secreting epidermal glands on the ventral side of the abdomen of the worker bee. The practice of honey collection and Beekeeping dates back to the stone age, as evidence by cave paintings and it was ancient mans first plastic and has been used for thousands of years for molding material, sculpting & jewellry molds.

It is said that in 1863, during the civil war, a surgeon (Francis Peyre Porcher,M.D.) used Beeswax as a remedy for a number of soldiers, who were said to recover quicker and return to fight the war.

Queen Cleopatra used Beeswax based cosmetics, cold creams, lotions, lipsticks and later soap and to shine her fingernails!

In the Bronze Age, beeswax was used for metal casting.

Beeswax became very popular and valued in the Middle Ages, so valued that it was often used to replace currency or used to pay taxes, but beeswax became scarce during the war and this is when paraffin & Lanolin were introduced.

Honey Bees were revered because of their ability to produce wax and therefore produce candles and light, imagine a world without light.

Catholic Churches believed beeswax to be pure because it was produced by virgins.

Honey was sacred because of its curative properties, some believed it to cure spiritual and emotional ailments along with the physical ailments.

Beeswax colors range from white to brownish, most common is a yellow golden shade.

Pollen is honeybee food and is the richest and purest Natural foods, consisting of up to 35% protein, 10% sugars, carbohydrates, enzymes, minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5,C,H and R.

Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals consume 60% of the beeswax industry.

As a food additive beeswax is known as E901(glazing agent).

Some people practice what is called “Apitherapy” which is when people purposely get stung by the bee strictly for the bee venom, which is reported to relieve and sometimes cure symptoms of autoimmune diseases, such as; lupus, multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

The American Apitherapy Society states that bee venom is also beneficial for a variety of other problems including; eczema, psoriasis, warts, laryngitis, emphysema, asthma, glaucoma, high blood pressure, neuralgia, MS and high cholesterol.


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