Bees are the most amazing little creatures. Not only do they pollinate crops to keep our food supply in place, they also supply honey ( nectar from the Gods), medicinal products and even beautification solutions. A by product of rearing bees is beeswax.
The worker honeybees (females) secrete the wax from wax glands on the underside of their abdomens. The wax is molded into 6 sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When we harvest the honey, the top layer of wax that covers the cells must be removed from each cell. It is this wax that is used to make many wonderful products, from beeswax candles to creams and salves.
Try these simple recipes and make your own moisturizing cream and lip balm. Check out your local health food store for the ingredients.
Beeswax Cream ( with Vitamin E and lavender)
4oz of sweet almond oil
1 oz beeswax
2 oz water
10 drops Vitamin E oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Carefully melt oil and wax in a double boiler. (always use a double boiler, never melt wax directly on top of the stove). Remove from heat, add water and stir thoroughly. Add Vitamin E oil and lavender oil and stir continuously until cool. While still pourable, pour into small jars or metal tins. This is a great cream for gardener’s hands.
Beeswax Lip Gloss
2 teaspoons beeswax
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or coconut oil
5 drops of edible (food grade) essential oil ( orange, lemon, mint )
Carefully melt the oil and beeswax together in a double boiler then remove from heat. When mixture is lukewarm stir in essential oil. Pour into small containers. If you prefer a thicker gloss, increase the amount of beeswax.