June 2014
Billie Silvey
In addition to honey and honeycomb, beeswax is used for a
number of purposes and in a number of products,
including candles, crayons, lip balm, lipstick, shoe and
furniture polish,  and hair and hand creams.  

Cosmetic companies, candle makers, pharmaceutical
companies, dentist offices and chewing gum companies
are the largest users of beeswax.

Beeswax makes lotion thicken, and a thin coating keeps
old wooden drawers and windows lubricated.  Coating a
length of thick thread with beeswax strengthens it to make
bookbinding twine.  Beeswax prevents bronze from
tarnishing and conditions wooden bowls and cutting

Honey is used to cure hangovers, soothe cuts and sore
throats, as a face washing product to remove blackheads
and reduce redness, to boost energy, help you relax, soften
your skin and reduce stress.  It also makes hair shiny and
less frizzy.   
Honey is also used to relieve pain and heal
burns.  The sugars in honey nourish healthy
cells and develop white blood cells.  Its
antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins reduce
inflammation, and its antibacterial activity helps
fight typhoid fever, bacterial pneumonia, strep
throat and dysentery.  

Locally-sourced beeswax and honey often are
available at farmers' markets.