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10 Ways To Use Beeswax In Your Household

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Beeswax is a great natural substance that can be used in a number of ways to improve our lives. It is important to buy organic beeswax. In order to be certified as organic beeswax, chemicals cannot be used on land with three miles of the beehive, since this is their flying radius. In this article we will show you some of the best uses of beeswax. Without further ado, here is our list:

1. Skin moisturizer

Lock in your skin’s natural moisture by using beeswax, and then add the antioxidant vitamin E in order to help protect and repair dry, rough, or chapped skin. All you have to do is melt four ounces of sweet organic almond oil and an ounce of beeswax in a double boiler. Add two ounces of distilled water after removing from the heat, and then stir well. Now add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of vitamin E oil, and stir continuously until mixture has cooled. In the last step, pour into individual tins.

2. Lip balm

During winter months, keep your lips moisturized with this natural protectant. It is very easy to make. All you have to do is add half ounce of beeswax to a small double boiler and melt on low heat. Then add two ounces of cold pressed organic olive oil, one teaspoon of raw honey and two ounces of cold pressed organic hemp seed oil and stir for about one to two minutes. Add about twenty drops of organic peppermint oil for a little flavor and stir well. In the last step, remove from heat and store in lip balm tins.

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3. Make your own candles

By using beeswax, it is easy to create a little ambiance without dripping or toxic smoke. Additionally, these candles give off the sweet smell of honey. Beeswax sheets, a safe cutting surface, a wick, and a sharp knife are all the things that you need to make your own candles.

4. Use in kitchen

Another great use of beeswax is in the kitchen, where it helps with molding and locking in flavors. Beeswax is added to candies, such as Haribo’s gummy bears and Jelly Belly jelly beans. In addition, beeswax is also used to create the distinctive crunchy crust of the small French pastries, which are better known as canelés. They are a real treat to make in your kitchen.

5. Pain relief

Beeswax can make an effective salve for pains and aches. All you have to do is simmer one tablespoon of chickweed powder, two pints of sweet olive oil, and one tablespoon of wormwood powder in a small saucepan for about three hours. Strain, add ten drops of tea tree oil and three ounces of beeswax, and pour into individual tins.

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6. Itch relief

You can make a salve which is excellent for poison oak, poison ivy, as well as other itch causing adversaries. All you have to do is simmer one tablespoon of chickweed powder, one pint of organic olive oil, and one tablespoon of comfrey power in a small saucepan for about three hours. Strain, add two ounces of beeswax, and just pour into individual tins.

7. Unstick a drawer

In case you have an old bureau, perhaps you have trouble getting the drawers to slide out smoothly. Just apply a thin coat of beeswax to the wooden rails and they will open and close like new. In addition, you can use the same technique on sliding glass doors that no longer glide smoothly.

8. Polish concrete counters

By rubbing melted beeswax over the surface with a chamois cloth, give a dark, sealed concrete countertop a muted, natural luster. Then let it dry and wipe.

9. Cheese waxing

Beeswax is the best natural cover for cheeses, if you produce your own cheese. You will need to let cheese dry before applying the hot wax, if it is wet, of course. This is done to ensure a proper seal, since wax won’t adhere to wet surfaces. Beeswax works great for sealing, because it has a low melting point.

10. Beeswax crayons

There are a number of different variations for beeswax crayons. However, most use equal weight amount of white bar soap and beeswax. Beeswax crayons tend to be harder than the soy, and for this reason they have the ability to add more details to pictures.

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