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Many of us have used honey in food and skin care preparations, but not so much when it comes to beeswax. For years I never knew what beeswax was or how it was used. But, I’m so glad I learned about this marvel of nature and the many things you can do with this gift.

Click here to discover what beeswax is and why it is so amazing.

Beeswax comes mainly in these four forms:

  • pellets
  • sheets
  • blocks
  • cakes

There are many beeswax uses. This super duper wax is used quite often in many household products. For instance, many kinds of polishes contain beeswax. Leather polish and furniture polish often have this ingredient. It is used in making very high-quality candles that burn cleaner and brighter than the commercially made candles. Beeswax is used in skin care products because of its excellent softening qualities. You’ll find beeswax in soaps, and it is even used to coat some cheeses to protect it.

Beeswax is eco-friendly and very kind to the planet, your environment, and your body and will enhance your well-being. There are no harsh chemicals in the making of beeswax and no nasty waste materials left behind. It is very gentle on the most delicate of skin, and it leaves a pleasant “honey” aroma. So what’s there not to love!!

In honor of beeswax, let’s whip up a few goodies. Today, I’m going to share with you two easy recipes:

Fancy & Frugal Foot Rub

Healing Hand Cream

Are you ready?  Let’s get started!

Fancy & Frugal Foot Rub

This foot rub will silence your “dogs” and have them feeling and looking fabulous. This rub only has a few simple ingredients, and it is easy peasy. What I like about this rub is that it doesn’t contain paraffin wax, so it won’t just sit on your skin – it will dissolve completely to allow the precious oils to penetrate, moisturize, and heal your skin.

Ingredients:

One Ounce of beeswax

Six ounces of olive oil

15 drops of peppermint essential oil*

15 drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil*

*Use whatever essential oil you want. That’s the beauty of making your own skin care – you can adjust it to your own personal preferences.  

Here’s what you do:

  1. Put the beeswax and oil in a heat-proof glass bowl and then place the bowl into a bath of boiling water.
  2. Take a whisk and mix the wax until it is melted completely. Take the bowl out of the water bath.
  3. Add the essentials oils and stir well.
  4. Pour the liquid wax mixture into small jars. Please be very careful because the mixture will be extremely hot. Once the mixture is room temperature and starts to solidify, you can put the lids on. You’re going to love it!

Healing Hand Cream

Do you work outside? Do you have a job where you must expose your hands to soaps and other harsh chemicals? Do your hands just need a little TLC? If so, you will really appreciate this hand cream. It is healing and will protect your hands. If I have an important event, the night before I will apply this cream, put on light-weight gloves (or even cotton socks), and the next day my hands look wonderful. Why not give it a try!

Ingredients:

One ounce of beeswax

One ounce of lanolin

5 tablespoons jojoba or avocado oil

3 tablespoons water

15 drops of a soothing essential oil such as chamomile

15 drops of either lemon or tea tree essential oil

Here’s what you do:

  1. Melt the lanolin and beeswax in a heat-proof bowl over boiling water.
  2. Whisk this mixture until completely melted and then add the oil.
  3. While still stirring, add the water very slowly. At this point, your mixture will start to become nice and creamy.
  4. Add the essential oils and do a final mix.
  5. Put in a container with a lid. Your hand will love you for making this one – promise.

Tip:  Since your hand cream contains water, it will become “unstable”.  This means that it can spoil, so it is best to store it in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.  It feels so good in the summer months when your skin is parched and crying for something creamy and cold.

How do you use beeswax?  Can you share a recipe or fun fact with us? 

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