Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Our world's demand for beeswax far exceeds the supply. There are many uses for this blessed substance. It is used in cosmetics, furniture and wood polishes, archery, candle making, metal working and carpentry.

How do honeybees make wax? There are four pair of wax glands on the underside of the worker bee's abdomen. The wax is secreted from these glands. By digesting 8.4 pounds of sugars, pollens and nectars, the honeybee can produce one pound of wax. Different kinds of honeybee food influence the color of the wax. Beeswax colors range from translucent to a buttery-lemon color.
This special wax is indigestible for humans but rather, serves as a type of fiber to our systems. Eating beeswax is good for us! Some of the products within the beeswax are digestible such as the pollen and nectar it contains.

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