The Benefits of Beeswax
Bees are such amazing creatures. They do everything from pollenating flowers and plants to building honeycomb, which gives us honey... and beeswax. Beeswax is a wonderful, versatile ingredient.
What is Beeswax?
Beeswax is the structural component inside beehives that bees use to store honey and their young. Much like honey, this wax has antiseptic and antimicrobial compounds in it which help preserve our natural products without the use of harsh, synthetic chemicals. In fact, beeswax has been recovered from pots in sunken ships that are hundreds of years old, and the beeswax is still good.
History of Beeswax
The use of beeswax can be traced all the way back to Neolithic Europe - a therapeutic dental filling to reduce pain and sensitivity in cracked teeth. Beeswax was also used as ancient humans' first plastic. Ancient Egyptians have documented their use of this ingredient in Cleopatra's cosmetics and bath soaps.
Beeswax Helps Skin Issues
Did you know that beeswax can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis? Research has shown that beeswax and honey can inhibit the growth of bacteria that may affect the skin and cause skin conditions.
The anti-inflammatory properties of beeswax can help soothe the irritated, inflamed-skin caused by eczema. These same properties also make beeswax effective for treating acne as well.
Beeswax Moisturizes Skin and Lips
Beeswax is filled with natural moisturizers, making it great for dry skin and chapped lips. The emollient properties, and its ability to seal the skin, makes it a great additive for lip and skin balms. Our Dry, Cracked Skin Balm helps to seal in moisture and protect your skin. In the same way, the beeswax in our Peppermint Lip Balm is perfect for preventing dry lips and healing chapped ones. If your nose is raw from tissue use during allergy season or the winter months, the beeswax in our Allergy Relief Balm works to soothe and moisturize.
Beeswax Helps With Collagen Production
Vitamin A stimulates the body to produce collagen, which fights stretch marks and wrinkles. This vitamin is naturally occurring in beeswax, giving it yet another great use.
Importance of Certified Organic Beeswax
Certified organic beeswax is free from synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides, and herbicide. On top of that, no chemicals are used in cleaning beeswax.
Using certified organic beeswax is extremely important to RA for several reasons. First, minimizing the use of chemicals during the entire process will lower exposure to harmful toxins, which is much better for the bee's health and our health! Paraffin can sometimes be added to regular beeswax.
Second, bees are raised in cruelty-free environment and are kept healthy. This is a much more sustainable process and better for the planet. Beeswax has so many amazing benefits to our skin and bodies - the best thing we can do to thank bees for providing this valuable resource is to at least ensure they are treated well.
As you can see, beeswax truly is an amazing ingredient! We use organic beeswax in many of our products including our deodorants, Dry, Cracked Skin Balm, Allergy Relief Balm, and lip balm.
Using high quality ingredients like this to make our products is just one of the many ways we help you to experience healthy beauty! We would love to hear from you on how you love this incredible ingredient.