Ingredient Name: Beeswax (Cera Alba)
What is it? Beeswax is derived from honeycomb and produced by honeybees. It has an impressive composition with over 300 constituents, including fatty acids, esters of fatty acids, and fatty alcohols. Beeswax has a long history of therapeutic treatments and has been described in medicinal texts found in Egypt as well as referred to by Hippocrates to address a variety of ailments. Today, beeswax is a popular remedy in Ayurvedic medicine and in traditional Chinese medicine for inflammatory conditions and skin disorders.
Why do we use it? We use beeswax in both our Wonder Balm and our Breathe-Ease balm as a natural way to bind the nutrients and oils together.
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