Worker bees create beeswax through glands in their abdomens. The wax is used to create and cap cells. It is also mixed to create compounds such as bee pollen or propolis. Humans utilize beeswax in numerous ways, including food production, candle making, cosmetics, woodworking, art, and even musical instrument manufacturing.
How Beeswax is Made
Typically, raw beeswax is obtained during the honey extraction process by collecting the wax that remains after uncapping the honeycomb. Bees sometimes construct burr combs in spaces that are too large to seal with propolis, and these can also be harvested for their wax. The collected beeswax is melted and filtered to eliminate impurities before being poured into molds to create large blocks that can be utilized to produce a variety of beeswax goods.
Benefits of Beeswax
Beeswax provides health benefits both when used cosmetically and for household purposes.