So, as many of our followers know, we manufacture PLANKI WAX, which is a food safe product. You use as a treatment for you cutting boards, butcher's blocks and any wooden utensils in and around your kitchen or braai. We use beeswax in our product, and this was a very interesting learning experience.
The interesting thing we did not know while manufacturing this product is, that we SHOULD NOT MAKE IT DURING THE DAY!
We did this the first time manufacturing this product and our place was filled with bees, because guess what? They are attracted to it. We had to cease making it, because we do not want to get stung by them.After this happened, we decided for our sake and the bees, to start manufacturing at night, which we decided was a clever idea, but still one lonely bee came to visit us.
How is the beeswax made you ask? The wax is secreted out of eight glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen. When the wax leaves the bee's body and comes in contact with the air, it causes the wax to solidify into dinner-plate shaped flakes.
Interesting facts about beeswax:
- Coming from the honeycomb of the honeybee, beeswax is a completely all natural substance straight from Mother Nature. Honeybees consume honey and pollen to produce the wax. It takes about eight pounds of honey to produce just one pound of beeswax.
- Like honey, beeswax has antibacterial properties helping keep things clean and reducing risks of contamination. This makes it a common ingredient in skin treatments, salves and more.
- Beeswax is also thought to have anti-fungal properties preventing the growth of yeasts and other fungi.(Which is why we use it, because it protects your cutting boards and more from bacteria growing on it after it has been washed)
- Unlike candles made from other wax, beeswax candles burn brighter and cleaner as they emit negative ions that are known to help purify the air. Beeswax also smells great when burned without any added chemicals or scents, as it’s naturally aromatic from the honey and flower nectar that’s found in the honeycomb. ( We have experienced this personally while melting the beeswax, it gives us a calmness as well.)
- Beeswax has been used throughout history as a sealant and waterproofing agent for items like belts, tents and shoes. By rubbing beeswax onto a surface like leather or canvas then heating it, the wax seeps into the materials’ fibers and blocks water from passing through.(This is why we use it in the manufacturing of PLANKI WAX, because it prevents water from damaging your cutting boards and more when washed.
- Beeswax contains a natural, powerful protective substance called propolis, which shields beeswax from ever going bad. Made by the bees by combining tree resin with wax flakes and pollen, propolis is used to used fix and strengthen the beehive while protecting the hive with an antiseptic barrier – the name propolis comes from the Greek meaning “defense of the city.” These protective qualities are so effective that unspoiled beeswax has even been found in ancient tombs. That said, it is possible for commercial or homemade beeswax products that also include other ingredients to go bad.
We also advocate for people not to kill bees, as we need them to survive, bees are essential to a healthy environment and healthy economy. We rely on them and other insects to pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables. But bees are under threat and without them so is our food and economy. That is why we also have the bugscreen in our product range, which prevents them from getting into your soda cans. This protects both the consumer and the bees.