Beeswax Benefits & Uses + DIY Recipes

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Beeswax is a waste-free household staple.
Currently, most of the things are made of plastic, and there are many convenient things, but what should we do to replace them with environmentally friendly products?
beeswax wrap

Beeswax is the wax that bees secrete from the wax line in their stomachs to make their own nests. used in various products.
Raw wax is generally a yellowish-brown to brown sticky solid with a honey-like scent, but by refining and bleaching it, it becomes a pale yellow to white wax that is almost odorless.

In recent years, efforts to reduce plastic use have increased, and while plastic alternatives have begun to take root in our lives, beeswax wraps made of 100% natural materials taken from the natural world will become an indispensable item in our lives.
I would like to show you how to use this wrap and some DIY ideas.

What is beeswax wrap

It is a food-use cotton wrap made by impregnating cotton with beeswax as an alternative to disposable wrap (plastic).

・Wrap that can be washed and used repeatedly to cover dishes or wrap food ・100% natural ingredients, does not contain any harmful chemicals, is biodegradable and returns to the soil ・Various cute designs to wrap sandwiches and rice balls You can use it.
・It has a natural antibacterial effect, so if you wrap and store vegetables and fruits, their freshness will last longer. ・Use it as a gift wrapping for handmade sweets.

There are many ways to use rap, but there are some points to be aware of.

・Since it is vulnerable to heat, it cannot be used in a microwave oven, washed with hot water, or exposed to direct sunlight or open flames.
・Because it cannot be heat-treated, it is not recommended to use it on raw meat or fish.
・Since beeswax is sensitive to acid, it is not recommended to use it on highly acidic citrus fruits.

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What makes beeswax an eco-friendly alternative?

Being a natural product and free of harmful chemicals, beeswax can be used to replace plastics and other synthetic ingredients that end up in waste.

It can also replace many household items such as product packaging, wraps, furniture wax, candles, and is used in cosmetics, skin care products, nail care, and even hair care.

as cosmetics

It is highly sticky, flexible, and flexible, and is used in many cosmetics such as lipsticks, eye shadows, eye pencils, creams, and milky lotions in combination with other oily ingredients. . Because it is an ingredient that spreads well and does not easily oxidize, it is also eco-friendly in terms of longevity.

Benefits of beeswax

The main benefits of beeswax are its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and moisturizing properties, and it is used in skin care products for a variety of purposes. It is also used as an ointment to treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
Made of 100% natural materials, it is non-toxic and does not contain harmful chemicals, so it is gentle on the earth and the human body. The safety test data of Cosmetic Ingredient Review (Reference 1: 1984) showed almost no skin irritation and skin sensitization (allergenicity).

Using Beeswax + Our Favorite DIY Recipes

Beeswax lip balm has a special water-repellent property that locks in moisture and protects against dryness, especially for dry lips and hands, soothing and relieving dry skin. Beeswax products replenish moisture to dry skin in dry air, climates, and air-conditioned offices. A high-quality moisturizing film that does not interfere with the skin's respiration locks in moisture and protects the skin from dryness.

~Lip balm recipe~

Lip balm made with your favorite essential oil and beeswax
Lip and hand cream made with beeswax and vegetable oil

The good thing about DIY is that you can make it with your favorite scent and oil, and you can adjust the amount according to the usage fee, so there is no waste. It also has the advantage of reducing plastic and packaging, and reusing bottles and cases. You can make it many times with the materials you buy once, and in the long run it will save you money.

Benefits of furniture wax made from beeswax

・Waxes made from beeswax do not contain toxic gases or synthetic ingredients.
- Creates a film on the surface to prevent stains, water repellency, and antiseptic.
・The wood has a deep luster and luster that prevents fading.
・Prevents deterioration and cracking.

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beeswax candles

Beeswax has a long history and is said to have been used as a candle and as a preservative for mummies in Egypt as early as 5000 BC. Beeswax candles, which produce a clear flame and a pleasant scent, were preferred over the animal fat candles that were commonly used at the time. , was quite expensive.
In recent years, beeswax has been attracting attention again from the perspective that it is environmentally friendly and that simple living naturally leads to eco-friendliness. In contrast to the past, in recent years it has become something that can be purchased at a reasonable price, but it is also one of the pleasures to make original products by DIY with your favorite materials. There is no doubt that it will be a pleasing item for home use or as a gift.

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Benefits of beeswax candles

・By blending the unique sweet scent of beeswax and your favorite scent, you will be relaxed and healed by the effects of aromatherapy.

・There is an effect of fluctuation of 1/f (1/F).
It's not just the beeswax candles, but have you ever felt soothed by the sound of waves, chirping birds, or the babbling of a river?

This is said to be a 1/f fluctuation in the harmonious state of irregular and regular sounds. The parasympathetic nervous system, which works when a person is active, is prioritized over the sympathetic nervous system, which works when the person is active, to create a relaxed state.
A flickering candle flame has this effect.

・Beeswax has excellent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects , so when used as a candle, it has the effect of purifying the air and enveloping harmful substances such as mold, mites, dust, and viruses.

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Can be used as a water repellent and sealant

DIY Beeswax Waterproofing
Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash

As a first aid, beeswax can be used for waterproofing and sealing. It has a waterproof effect that protects leather shoes, boots, and bags from dirt. It also helps prevent cracks and stains. Bags and shoes may come into contact with the skin, but of course, beeswax wax made from only natural materials does not use synthetic resins, so it can be safely used by people with sensitive skin, small children and pets. You can.

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beeswax crayons

Did you know that most crayons are made from petroleum-based paraffin wax? Switching your child's stationery to eco-friendly and renewable resources is also an option. Although it is a beeswax crayon, it is made of ingredients that are harmless even if food coloring is used and it is accidentally put in the mouth. One of the features is that the color is glossy and the color is beautiful. Because of this feature, you can apply different colors so that the colors underneath can be seen through, or you can mix and match, so you can enjoy various ways of painting.

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You can also draw and design on cloth
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How was it?
Beeswax is a 100% natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly alternative to many everyday products.
It is said that 5g (about 1 teaspoon) of honey can be obtained from one honeybee in its lifetime, and only about 1/10 of the amount is required to make a beeswax sheet from it. I understand how precious it is.

I want to enjoy a rich life by taking advantage of the blessings of nature.
In the old days, people used to invent natural products, and only consumed the amounts they needed. The earth is in a state of screaming in a vicious cycle of purchasing more than that and leading to waste.
Shifting to a leaner, more natural lifestyle makes a difference. The use of products with natural ingredients also leads to this.

Of course, there is no need to switch without using the products you already have, and hand-made also requires material costs. So, when you run out of what you have now, it might be a good idea to try a product made from beeswax.

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