Beekeeping Wednesday : Beeswax

by Peter Cole

Do you know what the honey bee’s most precious resource is? It is Beeswax!

If you have studied or seen the anatomy of a Honey bee you should have noticed that bees have six glands on the bottom of their abdomen. These glands secrete a substance called bees wax. Bees need to eat 7 to 9 pounds of honey to make one pound of wax which can store 22 pounds of honey in 35,000 wax cells. In optimal conditions it takes three days for 10,000 bees to make one pound of wax.

Honey bees have many uses for beeswax. The most common ways bees use wax is for storage; bees need a place to store honey and pollen, they store it in beeswax. They also use wax for reproduction, the queen lays her eggs in cells of wax and the bees go through their larvae and pupae stage in that cell. Bees have a certain width of space between almost everything known as bee space, this amount of space allows only a couple bees to fit in that area. If there is a space smaller than bee space the bees fill it with propolis, while if the space is bigger than bee space the bees will fill it beeswax till it is the right size.

Wax is not only valued by the bees, it is also valued by humans, but we can’t make it, so we take it from the bees. There are many different ways for beekeepers to harvest beeswax. The most common is while extracting honey, the bees make honey by dehydrating nectar. To prevent rehydration once it is dry enough, the bees will cap it with wax. To extract from a Langstroth hive we cut the capping off the cells, scrape them open, or melt the very top. Most people dispose of the wax but some people save the wax for other things. Extracting from a top-bar hive is different since the frames won’t withstand an extractor the wax has to be crushed and since crushed wax can’t be put back into a hive a lot of people will recycle the wax.

Humans have many uses for beeswax, one of the many uses for wax is selling it as honey in the comb. Special frames are designed to allow the beekeeper to remove a round of honeycomb with the honey once it is capped, this method leaves the honey in the comb, which many high end restaurants or grocery stores will sell to customers.

Another use for beeswax is candles. Beeswax is flammable which makes it one of the preferred candle ingredients. When beeswax burns it releases negative ions. Most dirt, dust, and pollen carry a positive charge which is how they float. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions go back into the burning candle or fall to the ground.

Beeswax is also used to coat cheese, blocking the air to prevent spoilage. Beeswax is used in many cosmetics, lip balm, salves, and hand creams. Beeswax is also an important ingredient in hair pomades, and mustache wax.

Beeswax is super important to bees, but not only bees. We have harvested and found many uses for beeswax. The most important resource for bees is their wax because it is so hard to make it, and because they have have so many uses for it. I hope this article helped you, I learned a lot while writing this article about beeswax.

Book Review : In the Shadow of Denali

I am so excited to share another amazing book with you!!  This is a fiction story that takes place in the early 1900’s.

 

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In the Shadow of Denali is a book about a young man finding himself after his father dies while hiking Denali.  Not only does the son, Allan Brennan find himself but he also finds his Lord in his search.

The main characters are Cassidy and her father John Ivanoff who are locals to Alaska, and who love where they live.  They work at a hotel at the base of Denali and serve the people traveling to Alaska while they are in that area.  Cassidy is an. amazing young woman with tremendous joy in her heart despite some tough parts of her life.  John is an amazing man of faith and a wonderful loving father.

I loved the imagery that was created in my mind as I read this book.  Not only did I see Alaska in my mind, but I felt connected to Allan, Cassidy and her father John.  This is the first book in a series and I will certainly be reading the next ones.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and this author and look forward to more books by her in the future!!

NOTE : I received a copy of In the Shadow of Denali at no cost.


THE AUTHORS

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    Tracie Peterson

    Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn…

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    Kimberley Woodhouse

    Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and…

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Their Future Depends on Unlocking the Secrets the Mountain Holds From the Past

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel near the foot of Mount McKinley–Denali as it’s still called by the natives. John is the wilderness and exploration guide for the wealthy tourists while Cassidy works in the kitchen as Cook’s assistant. The entire staff buzzes with excitement during the busy days preparing for the President’s imminent visit. His historic trip to dedicate the new national park on his way to driving in the golden spike to officially complete the Alaska Railroad will be the beginning of a new era for all of them and place The Curry at the heart of Alaska.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide, with hopes of discovering the truth about his father’s death on the mountain years earlier. His father’s business partner blames the guide for Henry Brennan’s untimely death, but Allan cannot be at peace until he knows for sure. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

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Review : Alison’s Choice DVD

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I recently sat down to watch and review Alison’s Choice DVD and since its message is one I want my children to understand, I let my two oldest children join me.  Jacob is almost 16 and Peter is 14, while still too young for this to really mean much to my boys, I think it is important to start early to lay a foundation of choosing life.

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Alison’s Choice is a cute movie, with a direct and strong message.  My boys and I stayed engaged in the movie throughout, since we were not sure what was going to happen.  There is some humor, which lightened things up a bit at times.  Both boys said they enjoyed it and thought it was a good movie to present the message of Choosing Life.

While some of the characters were over the top, most were pretty realistically portrayed and represented people in our every day world.

This movie would be a great youth group movie, or even a small group movie.  The discussion that follows this movie is bound to be great and bear lots of fruit.  There are so many directions to go with a great discussion : the choices of the characters, the struggle of Allison, the role of God in our lives.  I highly recommend watching this movie with any young adult children!!

NOTE : I received a copy of the DVD at no cost.


More about the movie:

Alison’s Choice is a full-length feature film that seeks to answer the question, “WWJS (what would Jesus say) to a young woman planning abortion?”

As the story goes, young Alison (played by Chanel Marriott) finds herself pregnant by a dead-beat boyfriend. Feeling she has no other options Alison turns to abortion. There in the clinic’s waiting room, she encounters a cast of quirky characters, each with their own brand of wisdom and advice; a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart… And more than anyone else, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand.

The two begin to talk and it quickly becomes clear he is no mere janitor, but Jesus manifest (played by Bruce Marchiano of The Encounter and Gospel of Matthew). He’s come to plead for the life of her baby.

With the clock ticking precious minutes away, He pours out His heart of care and compassion, His message unequivocal, “I love you, Alison, and I love your baby too.”  Suddenly a nurse appears,“Alison, we’re ready for you.”  What will Alison choose…

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Book Review : A Primary Decision

I loved reviewing A Powerful Secret so much that I even bought book 1 because I jumped into the Worthington series at Book #2.  So when book #3 popped up on my radar I was pretty excited to continue the story!!

A Primary Decision is a great read!  The pace is fast and the characters are amazing!  Some of my favorites because they are pretty complex and they are a great picture of a strong family.  I love books that tackle some hard family issues, real issues, and the characters stay committed and overcome the challenges.  This book does that!

The story is a political one.  The Worthington family has 3 children and is a “blue-blood” family that is politely and professionally motivated.  They are all high achievers that work hard and love hard.  They are completely committed to each other and to doing the right thing, which is a rarity in our world today.

This story continues with the mystery people pulling strings behind the scenes, the question of who the Polar Bear Bomber was, and what the next step is for the Worthington family.  If you have not read book #1 or #2, you will catch up quickly and keep pace just fine.  There are some unexpected twists and turns (at least for me) and it kept me in the book until I finished it!

I highly recommend A Primary Decision, or any of the books in the Worthington Series by Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit.  These are great books that are family friendly as well, books that I can safely pass along to my boys.  They would give a good introduction to politics of today as well as tell them a story of people with character.

NOTE : I received a copy of A Primary Decision as no cost.