Beeswax

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Female worker honeybees of the genus Apis produce beeswax. The naturally white wax turns yellow or brown after it mixes with pollen oils. Synthetic versions of beeswax have been manufactured to resemble natural beeswax.
Beeswax has been a commonly used ingredient in the manufacturing of candles, cosmetics, skin creams, and medicinal products for centuries. In folk medicine it has been used as an antiseptic in wound healing and in ear candles to remove earwax.
Beeswax has been incorporated into many food products, including chewing gum, coffee, tea, and surface-treated fresh vegetables.
Clinical study suggests that beeswax may be useful for the treatment of skin disorders and skin infections. D-002, a component of beeswax, may be effective in the treatment of some gastrointestinal disturbances caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®) and naproxen (Aleve® or Naprosyn®). Compounds in beeswax are being studied for their potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering properties.

Related Terms

Cerotic acid, D-002, hydroxypalmitate, oleate esters, palmitate, palmitoleate policosanol, PEG-6 Beeswax, PEG-8 Beeswax, PEG-20 Beeswax, propolis, synthetic beeswax, triacontanol, triacontanylpalmitate, very-long-chain fatty alcohols.
Brand names that include certified natural beeswax, according to the Natural Products Association: Arch Chemicals®: Natural Facial Cleanser; Aubrey Organics®: Natural Lips Autumn Frost, Silken Earth Translucent Base; Boom®: Wholearth Beauty + Bath Eco-Chic Body Mist & Room Spray, Wholearth Beauty + Bath Grateful Planet Body Mist & Room Spray; Burt's Bees®: Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer, Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm, Natural Acne Solutions Acne Treatment with Willow Bark Targeted Spot Treatment, Natural Hair Gel for Men, Natural Oral Care Multicare with Cranberry Extract Fluoride Toothpaste, Radiance Eye Creme with Royal Jelly; Highland Laboratories®: Red Red Wine Resveratrol Body Lotion; Nature's Way®: Camocare Soy Cleansing Milk, Camocare Under Eye Therapy; W.S. Badger Company®: Organic Anti-Bug Stick, Organic Aromatic Chest Rub, Organic Cheerful Mind Balm, Organic Cuticle Care, Organic Foot Balm, Organic Ginger and Lemon Lip & Body Balm, Organic Headache Soother, Organic Healing Balm, Organic Highland Mint Lip & Body Balm, Organic Sleep Balm, Organic Sore Joint Rub, Organic Sore Muscle Rub, Organic Cooling Blend Sore Muscle Rub, Organic Stress Soother, Organic Tangerine Breeze Lip & Body Balm.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
 
Anorectal lesions (hemorrhoids, anal fissures) (Grade: C)
Research suggests that the combination of beeswax, honey, and olive oil may be useful in the treatment of anorectal lesions (hemorrhoids, anal fissures). Further studies of beeswax alone are needed before a conclusion can be made.
Gastric disorders (Grade: C)
Studies suggest that D-002, a component of beeswax, may be useful in the treatment of gastrointestinal disturbances that occur as side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Additional high-quality studies are needed before a conclusion can be made.
Skin disorders (Grade: C)
Research suggests that the combination of beeswax, honey, and olive oil may be useful in the treatment of a wide variety of skin disorders and skin infections. Further studies of beeswax alone are needed before a conclusion can be made.