Beeswax is a versatile natural DIY item. I use it in salves, lotion bars, and more. I’ve been looking around for other uses for it, and was amazed at what I found. I try to buy only organic beeswax for the best quality. Keep reading to learn more about beeswax and how you can use it around the house. Also download this handy cheat sheet for quick reference.
What is Beeswax?
Bees naturally produce wax, which is secreted from glands on their bodies. They scrape it off, chew it up, and then secrete it inside the honeycomb. It hardens as a protective lining for the cells where honey is stored and baby bees grow. It also keeps contaminants out of the hive. The wax is harvested by melting a honeycomb with boiling water, and then straining and cooling it.
Benefits of Beeswax
- Beeswax protects the skin and seals in moisture, without clogging pores.
- Beeswax is what’s called a humectant, meaning it attracts water. So it helps keep your skin hydrated over time.
- It’s a good source of vitamin a, aiding in exfoliation and rejuvenating the skin.
- Beeswax has a mild natural honey fragrance that isn’t overpowering, making it a great choice for soaps and perfumes.
- It can soothe itching. It’s usually well-tolerated by even those with the most sensitive skin.
I use a lot of beeswax in my homemade personal care products. It’s a thickening agent, so it makes items like creams easier to spread on the skin. Try these ideas:
- Lip balm. This recipe is super easy.
- Creams and salves, like the homemade pain rub included in this article.
- Lotion bars, found here.
- Candles! I can’t wait to try these mason jar candles.
In the Kitchen
I never thought about beeswax in the kitchen, but apparently you can even cook with it! Here’s some other ideas:
- Grease cooking sheets. If your wax is in bar form, simply rub it on your pans in place of butter or oil. Warm the pan a little first. Over time, the wax coating will become permanent and you won’t need to grease your pans every time.
- Countertop polish. Rub your countertops with warmed wax, allow to dry, then wipe off any excess. The polish also prevents staining.
- Care for wooden utensils and cutting boards. Mix wax with mineral oil and rub on wooden spoons, spatulas, boards, and bowls. Let sit for a couple of hours, rub down with a clean cloth, and use as normal.
Other Uses for Beeswax
Try these other ideas:
- Use as a rust coating. Rubbing beeswax on cast iron pieces and shovels will prevent rust. You can also rub it on the wooden handles to reduce wear.
- Coating nails and screws with the wax will keep them from splintering wood as you drive them in.
- Make furniture polish by melting a tablespoon of wax with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Once it cools, rub into your furniture with a clean cloth. Use a second clean cloth to buff the furniture until the excess is removed.
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