From hive to honey to hands
Our bees have been busy making honey and filling our hive box with all natural beeswax. I have to say beekeeping is one of the most rewarding aspects of homesteading.
I remember the first time we pulled honey I didn’t render the wax correctly and ruined the whole batch! So this weekend I begged hubby to go and pull me just a little wax so I could try it the correct way. After lots of research and of course some trial and error I finally got it down. I was so nervous that I was going to ruin the fresh beeswax again I forgot to take pictures of how to actually clean the wax. I will make sure I have my camera handy the next time and explain that process, but for now let me show, you how the lotion turned out.
After I gathered all the ingredients I started the very simple process of making lotion.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cleaned beeswax
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 10 drops of your choice essential oil (optional)
In a small jar (I used a recycled candle jar) mix the olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. Put your jar into a saucepan and fill the saucepan with water until it comes 1/2 way up the jar, being careful not to get water into the oil mixture. Put on the stove over medium/low heat. Heat and stir until melted.
Once the wax mixture is completely melted remove from pan and let sit until mixture is room temperature. With a wooden spoon (that you won’t want to use again) stir every 15 minutes. Once the mixture drops to room temperature, stir in the Vitamin E oil and essential oil.
I cannot believe how simple this was!
Totally organic and free from all those unknown chemicals. The possibilities are endless and I will be anxiously awaiting more wax to try something else. I wonder what I should try next?
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