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July 28, 2019
We all know people who are terrified of bees. Why are bees so quick to sting us? Simply put, they'd sacrifice their lives to protect their young, and the food they make and store for the colony. Honey is bee food.Making honey and beeswax begins with the collection of nectar. Bees collect flower nectar in a second stomach, called a 'crop', scattering the pollen as they go. This enables the growth of all plants, or most of the food we eat. It's estimated that one third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees. This is why bees are essential to our eco system, they keep our plants and crops alive.
Colony Collapse Disorder has been a looming issue for over a decade. It happens when the worker bees die off, leaving only a queen and a few nurse bees to care for the babies. Some of the theories behind CCD are malnutrition, loss of habitat (relocating the colony's) and pesticides.
Bees are super industrious workers. Give them more room to build, and they will produce more honey and wax. Many large operations use this natural tendency to exploit them. If you buy commercial honey in a grocery store, it's likely been harvested from bees that are overworked, undernourished and routinely exposed to fungicides and pesticides.
Most small scale beekeepers truly care for and respect their bees. If you buy honey, supporting smaller or local apiary's is best.
It's a succulent that prefers full sun and well drained soil, and it rarely grows a couple of feet high. The wax it's coated in helps to protect the plant against the severe weather conditions of the desert. The wax works in a similar way when we add it to cosmetic applications., Not only does it possess conditioning properties, it creates a protective barrier that sits on top of our skin, thus protecting it from environmental stressors. Beeswax does the same thing, but if you're opposed to using animal by-products, Candililla Wax is a wonderful vegan alternative. As a formulator, it's a small change to make, but I think it's worth it. I've reformulated my lip balms and my all natural deodorant with it. And if you've ever chewed gum or shined your shoes, you've probably already used it.
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