We love our plant-based ingredients at Down to Earth. We incorporate many plants in our product formulations which have been used for centuries by traditional cultures for their healing benefits. Beeswax has a rich tradition too and has been used for millennia to relieve pain and heal wounds. And that’s exactly why we included it in our beloved African Potato Cream.
What is beeswax?
Beeswax (cera alba) is produced by the honey bee and made into the natural waxy honeycomb to store honey. Honeybee species responsible for beeswax are bred by humans and so we have easier access to this amazing bee product with a wide variety of beneficial uses.
The history of beeswax in topical application
The medicinal use of beeswax dates back to Egyptian times. It was an important ingredient in the preparation of ointments to help treat burns and wounds, swelling and bruising, and to help relieve joint pain. Beeswax is also found in Ayurvedic medicine for use on abrasions and to treat cracked heals. Chinese medicine used beeswax for beauty enhancement and to combat ageing skin.
Best beeswax uses for skin
Beeswax carries an array of uses. It is extensively used in candle making and food preparation, however it is probably most beneficial in the therapeutic treatment of skin and related ailments. Here are a few of its well-known uses:
Beeswax is a great skin conditioner and moisturiser. It softens and hydrates the skin while repairing dry and chapped skin. It is excellent for cracked heels, rough elbows, dry lips and other dry skin patches.
Beeswax forms a protective layer on the skin which protects it from the environment while locking in moisture. Best of all it’s comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores. Beeswax is also known to be a good source of Vitamin A and antioxidants which help protect cells and promote regeneration.
Soothes inching skin
Thanks to its moisturising properties, beeswax relieves itching caused by the healing of wounds, itching caused by dry skin and itching caused by sensitive skin. Sensitive skin sufferers are able to tolerate beeswax well because it is anti-allergenic.
Beeswax contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well as Vitamin A, which all work together to combat acne. It also promotes a healthier skin by nourishing, moisturising and protecting your skin.
Treats eczema, psoriasis and other skin ailments
Beeswax helps reduce redness, scaling and irritation associated with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties in beeswax have a soothing and healing effect.
Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
Stretch marks appear due to loss in collagen and elasticity of the skin. The vitamin A in beeswax promotes collagen production while the moisturising and protective properties of beeswax increase skin health and supports healing.
Beeswax can safely be applied to minor wounds such as cuts, burns, insect bites, etc. The antiseptic properties eliminate bacteria and prevent infection while the Vitamin A in beeswax supports collagen production, which assists in the healing process.
Relieves pain and inflammation
Beeswax has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used topically to reduce swelling and discomfort associated with joint pain.
Our African Potato Cream takes these useful benefits of beeswax and combines it with the high phytosterol content of African Potato extract to give you a potent ointment with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Use African Potato Cream to treat the symptoms associated with;
- Muscle and joint pain, swelling, sprains, stiffness, varicose veins, tennis elbow and gout
- Auto-immune disorders like arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Inflamed skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, rashes, sunburn and minor burns
- General skin conditions like bed sores, warts, stretch marks, scars and dry skin
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