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About Honey and Beeswax

June 26, 2017

Beeswax

Beeswax is a liquid secreted by the honey bee and used to construct the honey comb. The semi solid substance is molded into six sized cells which are filled with honey and sealed with more wax. Propolis, collected by bees from tree bark and flower buds, is a critical component to hive hygiene and maintenance. It contains strong anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. It is the only antibiotic substance to which no strain of virus can become immune to. In addition to this it is claimed that propolis is more sterile than the most advanced laboratory in the world. Hence it serves to protect the hive, honey and bees from infection and bacterial invasion. Veins of propolis, which is sticky and black in appearance, run through beeswax, serving as a cement to repair cracks and crevices. It also lines the front entrance of the hive, forming the first line of bacterial defense. Propolis is one of the reasons that honey does not spoil easily, making it a natural preservative. It was even used to embalm corpses in Ancient Egypt. Unfortunately modern beekeeping methods strip the hive of its natural power; hence the amount of propolis in refined honey is diminishing. Only raw, non -irradiated honey remains packed with propolis and other marvelous substances.

Beeswax does however remain biologically active after being processed. It is composed of 10 -15% paraffin carbohydrate, 30 - 35% esters of C16 - C36 fatty acids, 15% cerotic acid melissic acid and their homologues. All these fatty acids are essential in manufacturing and repairing cell membranes, enabling cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products.

Beeswax is also rich in a variety of vitamins such as Vitamin E, which is rich in anti-oxidants, the powerful bodies that fight against harmful oxides and free radicals that cause aging and non-repairable cell damage. It also contains large quantities of Vitamin A, a substance crucial to cell development and repair.

Beeswax is a highly sought after emulsifier and humecant for cosmetic uses as it has an irritation potential of zero and a comedogenicity rating of 0 - 2, making it a natural hydrating agent which penetrates through the skins surface without clogging pores.

Raw Honey

Raw Honey when harvested without being irradiated or heated retains its power to nourish, heal and preserve. It is a sugary solution manufactured by honeybees through the processing of pollen and nectar and stored as sustenance for bee lava to feed from. It is a richly nourishing food, containing fructose, glucose, water, several different kinds of enzymes and fatty acids. It is known to have strong antibiotic and antibacterial properties making it an effective antimicrobial agent. These properties are formed as a result of the following:

Honey has a low water activity. Most of the water molecules are tightly attached to the plentiful sugar particles, leaving few water molecules freely available which creates an unsuitable environment for bacteria related growth and development.

Honey is rich in enzymes and contains a specific enzyme known as glucose oxidize which becomes active when honey is diluted with bodily fluids, such as the ones found in open wounds. In the presence of oxygen it gradually releases hydrogen peroxide which is a strong antiseptic.

Honey is a relatively acidic substance with a ph level of around 3.2 to 4.5. This prevents the growth of bacteria making honey a natural preservative.

Raw honey is also rich in pollen, gathered from flora nectar. Pollen contains bountiful amounts of vitamins, especially Vitamin B12 and E; it has 22 amino acids and 27 minerals including zinc, calcium, copper, magnesium and iron. Made up of 35% protein and containing many enzymes and co-enzymes, it is a source of stamina, energy and vitality. It provides the entire hive with intense nourishment and bees with the basis for optimal performance.

All these factors make honey an anti-body that can be used to kill stubborn drug resistant viruses and is claimed to cure numerous complaints and ailments such as sore throats, coughs, allergies, as well heal diabetic ulcers that don't respond to standard antibiotic treatment.

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