The A, B, C’s of Bees: Wax

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Us humans really exploit bees.  Not only do we take their food (honey and royal jelly) and the mortar that fills the cracks in their hives (propolis), we also take their building material:  beeswax!

When I think of uses for wax, I usually just think candles.  But wax has been used since ancient times for many things:

  • In cosmetics
  • As a sealant and lubricant
  • In polishes
  • For making models and casts
  • In encaustic painting
  • For the cloth dyeing process known as Batik
  • Coating cheeses
  • For musical instruments

And the list goes on….

It’s amazing we leave the poor bees with anything.

Blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2015 April A to Z Challenge!  My theme for this year:  Honeybees


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