Meet The Bees
Bees Bees Bees!
Basically, bees are wonderful fuzzy little insects that live a life of pollinating our planet.
It turns out bees do more than most people realize—for such small, short-lived creatures, they do a lot of heavy lifting and engineering to keep life on Earth in balance. They make 1/3 of our nutritious fruits and vegetables possible, and they function as a buzzing alarm system for our planet's ecosystem. The queen bee can live for several years. Worker bees live for 6 weeks during the busy summer, and for 4-9 months during the winter months.
Bees will travel over 50,000 miles and pollinate over 2 million flowers to generate 1/4 of a pound of pure beeswax. Beeswax is actually white, but turns yellow due to the natural color of pollen: something bees collect in abundance. The sweet aroma is the true essence of 10,000 flowers.
Bees make wax and honey.
It all begins on a flower in a field. Bees collect nectar from flowers and bring it to the hive where it becomes either beeswax or honey.
The production of beeswax is essential to the bee colony. It is used to construct the combs in which the bees raise their brood and into which they store pollen and surplus honey for the winter.
Worker bees, which live only around 35 days in the summer, develop special wax-producing glands on their abdomens (inner sides of the sternites of abdominal segments 4 to 7) and are most efficient at wax production during the 10th through the 16th days of their lives. From about day 18 until the end of its life, a bee's wax glands steadily decline. Bees consume honey (6-8 pound of honey are need to produce a pound of wax) causing the special wax-producing glands to covert the sugar into wax which is extruded through small pores. The wax appears as small flakes on the bees' abdomen. At this point the flakes are essentially transparent and only become white after being chewed. It is in the mastication process that salivary secretions are added to the wax to help soften it. This also accounts for its change in color.
Use of beeswax.
Beeswax is widely used in the cosmetics industry as an emulsifier, emollient and thickener, giving rich texture to creams, lotions, lipsticks, mascara and salves, and forming a protective barrier between your skin and the environment. Beeswax can be added to soap as part of the oil content to increase hardness of the final bar. Its high melting point makes it a popular material for candles, as it burns slowly.
Dipped candle, Molded candles, Beard wax, Grafting wax, Crayons, Carving objects, Tack cloth, Wood filler, Polishes, Nail/screw lubricant, Moisturizing cream, Soap making, Fruit coating, Baking-sheet coating, Lipstick/cosmetics, Leather waterproofing, Thread and fishing line coating, Sealing on jams and jellies, Lubricants: zippers, windows, drawer slides, etc..
Honey- Liquid Gold! Symbolically, honey represents nourishment, reward, sweetness, sensuality and wealth. Honey's often thought of as a healthier sweetener, but you might be surprised to learn that this ingredient has tons of skin and hair benefits, too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from flowers, honey can help moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds.