Beeswax
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Beeswax

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Beeswax (cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed into scales by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, which discard it in or at the hive. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey storage and larval and pupal protection within the beehive. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.

Beeswax has been used since prehistory as the first plastic, as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather, for making candles, as an ingredient in cosmetics and as an artistic medium in encaustic painting.

Beeswax is edible, having similarly negligible toxicity to plant waxes, and is approved for food use in most countries and in the European Union under the E number E901.

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Uses of bees wax

  • • As candles – the oldest intact beeswax candles north of the Alps were found in the Alamannic graveyard of Oberflacht, Germany, dating to 6th/7th century AD
    • In the manufacture of cosmetics
    • As a modelling material in the lost-wax casting process, or cire perdue[25]
    • For wax tablets used for a variety of writing purposes
    • In encaustic paintings such as the Fayum mummy portraits[26]
    • In bow making
    • To strengthen and preserve sewing thread, cordage, shoe laces, etc.
    • As a component of sealing wax
    • To strengthen and to forestall splitting and cracking of wind instrument reeds
    • To form the mouthpieces of a didgeridoo, and the frets on the Philippine kutiyapi – a type of boat lute
    • As a sealant or lubricant for bullets in cap and ball firearms
    • To stabilize the military explosive Torpex – before being replaced by a petroleum-based product
    • In producing Javanese batik[27]
    • As an ancient form of dental tooth filling[28][29]
    • As the joint filler in the slate bed of pool and billiard tables.

Note: Consult a medical professional before use as alternative medicine

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