Science and Beeswax

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My fascination with beeswax is ongoing. After covering all the wooden furniture and ornaments (african carvings, bowls etc) in my beeswax polish, and causing my household to flee if they spot a pot of beeswax skin cream in my hand, I decided to get more information.  I need the information in order to convince my science educated and orientated family that applying my ointment is beneficial, since I made quite a lot of it and do not want to waste any.

I gave the pseudo sciences a miss, avoided the advertising blurbs of the alternative crowd and went straight to any scientific publication I could find. The result of my search was inconclusive and disappointing to say the least. Does it cure cancer, heal burns , fight bacteria, line the stomach and so on, as I had hoped?  The short answer is that nobody knows. Some real research has been done but not enough of it to prove or disprove anything.

Anyway my furniture looks nice and my skin is looking and  feeling good.  Twenty days on and no sign of the blotchiness and rash that I get from all the commercial moisturisers.  My mix is not as creamy and long lasting on the skin  as the commercial products, but being able to apply moisturiser over my entire face twice a day instead of once every two days or so in a few less sensitive areas means a lot to me

There is a whiff of olive oil and honey on everything including me. Perhaps if I add garlic to the mix – garlic has medicinal properties, doesn’t it? I shall read up on that! 😉


7 thoughts on “Science and Beeswax

  1. Plus, if it works we can call it a “scientific trial” and you will have the hard sell you need for your science based family! SCORE! 😉

  2. Good luck selling it to your family if it reeks of garlic! My (adult) daughters have a cough and cold remedy that involves blending garlic, ginger, lemon juice, chillies and any other foul strong tasting herb that they can get their hands on. They swear by it but no-one can get close enough to them to GIVE them a cold so I reckon that’s the secret 😉 I haven’t tried making your beeswax cream yet but I do have a block of beeswax from the bee man up the back, leftover from when we used it to wax our wooden floors. Might give it a go as it is too cold (and today raining) to be doing much outside. Stevie-boy gets eczema on his hands and this might be just the ticket to ease it 🙂

    • Most of the stuff the medical practitioners prescribe are useless in any way, so you may as well try home brew, which I find more than often works well. The human body is strong and most of the time heals itself. Our house doctor for the past fifty years – he is still practicing – having looked after us, our parents as well as our two boys whom he helped into the world, has not one day for any of us prescribed any antibiotics – it sounds weird, but 100% true. He is very professional, with a huge laboratory attached to his practice, a leading figure in the medical world, etc. Spends up to 30 – 60 minutes per patient when visiting – a great pity there are so many of them that see their patients for 3 minutes and gunshot them with huge amounts of antibiotics, not knowing if they are coming or going, but knowing they are making huge amounts of money.

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