About beeswax and the wax we use.
Beeswax is nature's gift to us all
Beeswax is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It's been used for centuries to calm, moisturise, and heal people and the leather items they relied on for survival. Just as we do now - moisturise skin, heal lips, reduce itch, quiet aches, reduce stiffness, soften leather, and much more.
The History of Beeswax and People
Way back, people would take their chances by knocking down hives only to run away and come back later to harvest the honey that in itself was considered medicinal. Smoke was used later to subdue the bees and give our ancestors more time to use the wonder of both the honey and the wax.
Thank the gods for the bees.
Not only have bees helped the human race thrive with pollinated food, but the ancient Egyptians used beeswax in mummification and for embalming, as well as sealing coffins to make then airtight and fully preserve the body. Just as we preserve our tattoos today, they also used beeswax to preserve their writings on papyrus and cave walls. How well does that work? Well, these writings have remained unchanged for more than 2,000 years.
The ancients also used beeswax in health with beeswax-based prescriptions dating back over 3,500 years in various formulations.
Jewellers and artisans created by sculpting an object in beeswax, coating the object with clay, and then hardening the clay with heat. The heat melted the wax, leaving a clay shell that was a perfect replica of the beeswax sculpture. Molten metal was then poured into the clay shell to complete the art.
Egyptian priests also created the first voodoo dolls using beeswax to create figures resembling their enemies before ritually destroying them. We've moved on from here - and now all-natural beeswax reflects health, nurture and love.
And on top of all that, the Egyptians created perfumes for a range of medicinal purposes by incorporating beeswax, tallow and various aromatic substances infused in oil, including myrrh, henna, cinnamon, thyme, rose and iris - just as Jo and her team do today as they craft our beeswax products using other essential oils extracted now from Australia.
How is it made?
Our East Coast beekeepers only breed their bees in the purist of environments up and down the pristine East Coast of Australia. Our unique wild Aussie flora found in these regions plays a major role in giving us the unique wax that we take great pride in crafting and delivering to you.
The beekeepers extract the honey and cut off the wax caps from each honeycomb cell with an uncapping knife. The beeswax is derived from these cappings. The colour may vary from nearly white to brownish, although is most often a shade of yellow, depending on purity, the bees, and the type of flowers gathered by the bees across the seasons in Australia.
Our Aussie beeswax can be softened by dilution with our precious oils or pure vegetable oils to make it malleable and workable. It is estimated that for every 75 kilograms of honey, only one kilogram of wax is produced.
As a natural, biodegradable wax, there are no petroleum or chemical ingredients in any of our products. That makes is safe to use for the whole family.