Beeswax

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  • April 27, 2017
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Africorp International Co. ltd is the first Sudanese company registered for exporting beeswax in the European Union since 2016 to export it worldwide.

It works hard to deliver high quality of beeswax by acquiring the material matching the quality and specification required by international standards.

The history: The relationship between honeybees and humans goes back to the old caveman days; when having nothing but a stick and a determination, they would poke and bring down the beehive and run for their life. Returning on a later time to take the hive and make use of the honey they harvest. Aside from the honey, there is also beeswax, that was first documented to be used in later times.

 

 

Ancient Egyptian, aka the Pharaohs, were one of the first civilizations to document the use of beeswax in different practices. According to finding by archaeologists, ancient Egyptians used beeswax in the process of mummification; they found out that when using it on coffins it works as way to keep the air tight, as well as it helps to preserve the body. Also, they were known to use it as way to preserve their written scripture on Papyrus and on caves. No wonder one can find these writings in good conditions unchanged from more than 2000 years. They also figured out its medicinal uses, where they incorporated it on prescriptions dating back to 1550 B.C. Ancient jewelers and artisans utilized the lost wax casting technique, which involves sculpting an object in beeswax, coating the object with clay, and then hardening the clay with heat. The heat melted the wax leaving a clay shell that was a perfect replica of the beeswax sculpture. Beeswax was also used by ancient Egyptians priests to create voodoo dolls, where they created figures of those who they wanted to use their magic on. Finally, beeswax was used in the making of perfumes and different scents. They incorporated beeswax with different spices and aromas and infused it in oil creating breath taking perfumes. Read more

The mystery

The making of beeswax:

The mystery: The production of beeswax is essential to the bee colony. It is used to construct the combs in which the bees raise their offsprings and into which they store pollen and any surplus honey for the winter.

Worker bees, which live only around 35 days in the summer, develop special wax-producing glands on their abdomens (inner sides of the sternites of abdominal segments 4 to 7) and are most efficient at wax production during the 10th through the 16th days of their lives. Starting around the 18th day until the end of its lifecycle, a bee’s wax glands steadily decline. Bees consume between six to eight pounds of honey to produce one pound of wax, this will cause the

special wax-producing glands to converting the sugar into wax which is extruded through small pores. The wax appears as small flakes on the bees’ abdomen. At this point the flakes are essentially transparent and only become white after being chewed. It is in the mastication process that salivary secretions are added to the wax to help soften it. This also accounts for its change in color

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