We have beeswax…and a lot of it. Gabriel has been doing quite a few bee removals and when he removes the bees he also removes all the comb. He brings it all home and we help him process it. Since feral bees don’t build their comb in convenient wood frames, processing this comb is labor intensive.
We’ve developed a little system that seems to work pretty good. And in the end we have jars of honey, blocks of wax and, occasionally, a new hive in our bee yard.
We use the wax for many things like covering fabric to use instead of plastic wrap, making salves and balms, polishing wood and making candles. But there’s only so much wax one family can use. So, Gabriel has been selling the wax to people locally and has decided to venture into selling it online. We’ve added it to our etsy shop and if you’re interested in purchasing beeswax that has been minimally processed, we’d appreciate if you would consider us.
I asked some of my favorite bloggers what they use beeswax for. And they did not disappoint. Who knew beeswax was so versatile? It has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties (if it’s not heated above 250°F during processing), it’s food safe and smells wonderful. It can be used in toiletries, food, wood and home projects and to help grow mushrooms.
You’ll notice that some of the posts are similar but none of them are exactly the same. What works for one person may not work for another and that is ok. It’s good to have choices in life, isn’t it?
One thing I do want to mention is that I’ve seen several articles that say beeswax is good to use to oil your baking sheets. I’m guessing the people who are saying this have done it and have not had any problems. However, know that beeswax will start to smoke once it reaches 250°F …and smoke a lot. Also, once you have it on your pan, it’s staying. I do have a pan with beeswax all over it – it’s the pan I use to make the wax covered cloth. Once one of my kids used it to bake cookies and we thought the oven was on fire because of the smoke. Just be warned.
If you want to learn how to make even more products for your home, garden and body I would suggest getting The Beeswax Workshop by Christine Dalziel. There are over 100 recipes in this book, so there really is something for everyone. Christine writes with the heart of a teacher and is very thorough in her explanations which makes this a great book for a beginning crafter. She also has a wealth of experience which she freely shares which makes this a great book for an experienced crafter. This has become my g0-to book on beeswax.
So, tell me what are your favorite uses for beeswax?