Uses of Beeswax - Homemade Hand Cream and Lip Balm Recipes
Beeswax comes from the honeycombs of honey bees.The honey bees produce beeswax in their hives to build their honeycombs. These honeycombs are where the bees store their honey and pollens. Baby bees are also raised in these honeycombs. The beeswax is mainly made up of fatty acids produced by the worker bees. Freshly produced beeswax is almost white in colour but it changes to a yellowish or brownish colour when mixed with pollens and honey in the honeycomb.
The beeswax is usually extracted when the beekeepers collect the honey from the honeycomb cells. Beeswax uses for skin care products are popular. The beeswax are also used in the production of cosmetics, food, candle wax, polishes and lubricants.
Benefits of Beeswax
Beeswax is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is often used as a natural moisturizer and treatment cream for people who are sensitive to all other artificial skin care products. Beeswax can be found in some commercial products for treatment of acne, chapped lips, stretch marks, cracked heels, dry skin and other skin conditions. As an anti-inflammatory substance, it also relieves pain and inflammation.
Propolis and Beeswax
Even though beeswax is anti-fungal and anti-allergenic, there had been cases where people suffered allergic reactions after using products containing beeswax as an ingredient. It is possible that certain beeswax contains traces of propolis that could have caused the allergic reactions.
Propolis is like a glue that the honeycomb bees make to protect their hives. Propolis is sticky and contains a mixture of nectar and resin that comes from the buds of certain trees. Similar to beeswax and honey, propolis also has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, but they may also cause allergic reactions in some people.
If you are allergic to bees and propolis, it is good to take precautions when using beeswax, honey and other bee products.
Where to Get Beeswax
You can buy beeswax online from eBay or Amazon if you want to make your own skin care products with beeswax at home. The beeswax come in slabs and pellets. Big slabs of beeswax are pretty tough to slice with a knife but they can be grated quite easily. Otherwise, packets of beeswax pellets come in handy but they usually cost a little bit more in price.
Making your own beeswax products is also much cheaper than buying from the stores. You know what natural ingredients you have put in and you can customise your homemade products to suit your skin care requirements.
One kilogram of beeswax can be used to make dozens of tubs of lip balm and hand cream at home. Leftover beeswax can also be used in making candles and soaps. You can now make your own lip balms, lotions, hand creams, shaving creams, moisturisers and you-name-it-you-make-it items. The only problem is which homemade item to begin with!
If you are having trouble finding the right type of moisturising cream for your skin, you can make your own lotion, shaving cream and hand cream with beeswax. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of beeswax are both beneficial and gentle to your skin. Most commercial hand cream products contain substances that can cause serious allergic reactions for people with sensitive skin. Nowadays, substances like parabens and alcohol are used in many beauty products. Parabens are used as preservatives and there are claims that parabens and alcohol have health risks that are yet to be proven.
Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
This is a basic recipe for making lip balm with beeswax.You can substitute some of the other natural ingredients if you have a preference for certain natural products.
Basically, you will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
- 2½ teaspoons of grated beeswax
- 7 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 capsule of vitamin E powder
- 5 drops of essential oil of your favourite fragrance. You can also use other oils like olive oil, lavender oil, macadamia oil and avocado oils.
- Heat the sweet almond oil, honey and beeswax in a small double boiler.
- Stir gently until the beeswax is completely melted and turned to liquid.
- Remove from heat and add in the essential oil and vitamin E powder.
- Mix well and quickly pour into lip balm containers or tubes.
- Leave them to cool to room temperature before putting the lid on the containers.
Beeswax Rose Hand Cream Recipe
This is a recipe for homemade hand cream. All ingredients are natural and cost very little to buy. The homemade cream also lasts a long time.
Ingredients for rose hand cream:
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax (grated or pellets)
- 10 drops of rose essential oil
- pink food colour (optional)
- Heat the olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler.
- Stir until the beeswax is completely melted and turn to liquid.
- Remove from heat and add in the rose essential oil and food colour, if desired.
- Mix well and quickly pour into a container.
- Leave it to cool to room temperature before putting the lid on the container.
This homemade hand cream stores well because olive oil has a stable shelf life.
You can also substitute the rose essential oil with other favourite essential oils like lavender, vanilla, lemon, etc.
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