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Chapter 15 - Beeswax

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Have you ever eaten honeycomb?  If you did, you must remember this juicy sweet chewy texture.  Once all the honey is out you have nothing but wax left in it.  It feels like chewing a gum, but a healthy one.  Honeycomb is a multi-cellular hexagonal structure made by worker bees to lay eggs and store larvae, pollen and honey.  The walls of the honeycomb are made of wax that worker bees secret from the special glands in their lower abdomen, chew it and then form it into a hexagonal structure.  The wax is not as rich in minerals or vitamins as other products made by bees; however, it’s rich in vitamin A that is fat soluble and an antioxidant.  Vitamin A plays an important role in healthy vision, skin, hair and lots more.  Another wonderful property of beeswax is its ability to retain water.  Using wax in moisturizing and nourishing products helps hydrate skin and hair.  

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Wax has anti-germicidal and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a crucial element for salves, balms and ointments.  Burning a beeswax candle in the room fills the room with honey aroma and clean the air from the air pollutants.  So what can you do with the beeswax?  Adding beeswax to your favorite oil or butter can enhance multiple benefits of them.  Additionally beeswax can be used as a preservative prolonging the shelf life of your natural products.  If you are looking for a simple moisturizer mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of cocoa oil in a glass jar add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils mixture and add 1 tablespoon of melted wax.  Mix it well, let the mixture cool down.  If you have cracked skin, you can mix frankincense, lavender, blue chamomile, lavender and myrrh oils in equal proportions and add a few drops of this mix to your prepared moisturizing lotion.

For maturing skin mix rose, frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood and carrot seed essential oils.  Tired of harsh chemicals in your hair products?  Same base can  be used to make your own hair product.  Rosemary oil is the best oil to be used to strengthen hair and make it grow.  Lemongrass oil can soothe an itchy and irritated scalp.  Clary sage can reduce inflammation and balance production of oil.  Lavender oil can promote hair growth  and soothe the scalp.  Mixing 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of scraped aloe can make in an incredible mask for the skin and hair.  Wax is an incredible product made by bees, and I hope you can incorporate it in multiple lotions, creams and salves that you can create at home.  

 

MilagroFlora Team

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