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Beeswax: natural honey preservative

Honey is stored by bees in beeswax

Beeswax is produced by young bees between their twelfth and nineteenth day to build combs in the hive.

Wax enables them to preserve honey. In fact, honey is stored in cells which, once filled, are operculated with a thin layer of beeswax. With 1 kg of beeswax, bees can store 10 to 11 kg of honey.

 

A multi-purpose wax

In the past, it was used to make candles but now it is used to make embossed wax sheets which are placed in hives to store honey. Beeswax is a component of polish (for furniture and wooden floors) and is used to turn out sweets. It is also used in cosmetics (hair removal, pharmaceutical products and to coat medicines).

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