Sunday, December 7, 2014

Uses of Beeswax

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Most people think honey when they think about bees, however beeswax, which is a byproduct has a number of uses around your house. It was used commonly back in the day, and did a great job. Unfortunately many of beeswaxes uses have been forgotten about. People are starting to look back into the natural way of doing things again, with the desire to be more green.

Beeswax is often sold either in a 1 pound block or in a granular form. You will not normally see the comb unless it is raw honey. You will normally have the option of a pure wax or a blend of paraffin and beeswax. Since paraffin is an oil byproduct, you should look at the pure form if you are wanting to go green. Beeswax is very easy to melt in a double boiler and should never be heated directly because it is flammable at the right temperature.

What is there to do with beeswax? The answer can is actually very broad. You can use it for furniture polish when mixed with linseed oil and turpentine. After you have created this paste you just rub it into your wood and you will get a beautiful polished wood along with some protection for it since this paste is very water resistant. This can be used to protect handles of tools also.

There are also a wide range of beauty products that can be made from beeswax. Making your own lotions, soaps, lip balms, etc which all contain beeswax. A wonderful book on this subject is Organic Body Care Recipes. This book covers homemade beauty products and the use of beeswax.

This is only a very small number of ways you can use beeswax around the home. I recommend doing more research, you might be surprised of all the uses.

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