Beeswax is a fantastic natural material with all sorts of uses. But since pesticides can accumulate in the substance, it is essential that any beeswax you purchase be organic. If you want to save money or if you’re having a hard time finding certified organic beeswax, why not make it yourself?
Why would anyone want beeswax, you ask? This fantastic natural substance has several uses, including but not limited to the following:
• Lip Balm
• Skin moisturizer
• Medicinal salves
• Sealing envelopes
If you’ve never handled honeycomb before, you may be in for a shock. Honeycomb is not the golden substance you may be picturing in your head. It is sticky, multicolored, and probably full of bugs.
I won’t go into beekeeping here, so I’ll assume you have some way of getting your hands on a chunk of raw honeycomb.
What you will need:
• A large metal pot (you may end up ruining it with wax)
• A large pice of fine cheesecloth
• Raw honeycomb
• A twist tie or chip clip
• Metal tongs
Lay out the honeycomb on a large piece of cheesecloth. Wrap the honeycomb into a bundle with all ends of the cloth gathered in your hand. Use a twist tie or chip clip to secure the ends of the cloth. Make sure the bundle is tightly secured.
Fill the pot with a couple inches of water and place it on the stove. Place the cloth bundle into the water and turn the heat to low. As the water heats up, the honeycomb will start to melt and seep out of the cloth. Impurities like dirt and bugs will be trapped inside the cheesecloth.
The water will turn golden as more wax filters through the cloth. When it looks as if all the wax has left the bundle, use a pair of tongs to squeeze any last bits of wax out before removing the cheesecloth. Set the pot aside to cool (this will take a few hours).
When cooled, the beeswax will have condensed into a solid layer on top of the water. Gently remove the round of beeswax and voilà! If you want smaller chunks of wax, simply heat it up again and pour into small containers.
Not only will learning how to make your own beeswax save money on household products, but the process can be made into a fun family activity and is a great life skill to teach your children.