Beeswax

Beeswax is a malleable substance produced from four glands located on the abdomen of worker bees. It has many uses. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) use beeswax to seal cracks in a hive’s structure. Its antibacterial properties help eradicate disease-carrying, harmful pathogens and keep unwanted things out. Candles, lotions, leather polishes, crayons and waterproof finishing can all be made from beeswax. Beeswax has a unique combination of salubrious benefits. When used in creams, lotions or lip balms, beeswax is said to coat skin with a protective layer. In addition, its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities are said to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. Even after being processed, beeswax retains many nutrients and minerals, including vitamin A, that are recognized for improving skin quality and appearance. Medical sources claim that using a beeswax-based lip balm can prevent chapping and reduce dryness more effectively than many other leading ingredients. Historically, it is said that a death mask fashioned from beeswax was made by Madame Tussaud for the infamous victims of the guillotine, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.