Beeswax, like honey, has been used by people for thousands of years. It was used to create wax writing tablets, candles, shellac, as a type of lubricant or sealing wax, and to strengthen various other handmade materials. But what is beeswax, and how does it apply to us today?
Essentially, beeswax is exactly what it sounds like: a natural wax, secreted by bees as they work in the hive. While beeswax is technically edible by humans, it is tough to digest, which is why people used the resource as a building material instead of food.
We are still using beeswax in a variety of ways today. For example, beeswax can be found in chewing gum, a variety of cosmetics such as chapsticks and hand creams, and is sometimes used on surfboards as a natural alternative to synthetic waxes. The wax has a subtle but distinct honey smell, which can be a delight to wear on one's skin or burn as a candle in the home. And the natural benefits of the wax has not been lost on people. Beeswax is starting to be used in food storage as a sustainable way to wrap things like sandwiches and snacks. The paper, made from beeswax, is reusable and compostable, which is a relief in the age of throw-away items like Saran Wrap and other plastics.
As the movements toward all-natural products and sustainability gain popularity, It's clear that beeswax is going to remain as popular for years to come as it has been in the past, for its versatility and natural strength.