For all who attended BEEpothecary’s two Presentations with Laurie and Jeannie at the OSBA Conference – “Health Benefits of Hive Products” and “Making Value Added Hive Products”, here are the promised handouts that were not printed for us to give you!  Hope these provide lots of helpful information for you to further promote your beekeeping!  We enjoyed sharing with you all!

Jeannie Saum and Laurie Dotson





  • Beekeeping for Dummies
  • The Honey Revolution – Fessenden and McInnes
  • Propolis Power Plus – Wade, Friedrich
  • User’s Guide to Propolis, Royal Jelly, Honey, and Bee Pollen: Learn How to Use Bee Foods to Enhance Your Health and Immunity , Broadhurst
  • Bees Don’t Get Arthritis, malone
  • Honey  for Health and Beauty, National Honey Board


Websites – Health Benefits of Hive Products

 Websites – General Beekeeping





Positive Effects of Propolis on Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses


 chart of bacteria propolis1


Research- Based Effective Propolis Treatments

* = clinical studies on people (other studies done on research animals or on cells in a lab -in vitro)

( List compiled from research studies found on NIH.gov and greenmedinfo.com)

*AcneAllergies – animalsAntiagingArthritisAsthma

*Athletes’ foot


Bone fractures – animals

Breast cancer – animals


Cancer – breast, liver, uterine,

ovarian, sarcoma tumors,

melanoma, renal, colon,

prostate. leukemia – in vitro

*Canker sores/fever blisters

Cardioprotection – animals

Cataracts – animals

Cholesterol, triglycerides (animals)


*Common cold – rhinovirus

*Dentinal hypersensitivity

*Dental infections

Dental pathogens – in vitro

*Denture stomatitis

Depression – animals

Diabetes – reduces blood sugar (animals)

*Diaper rash

*Ear infection – otis media

E-coli – in vitro

Endometriosis – animals


Gastroduodenal ulcers -animals

Gastroenteritis (diarrhea) in vitro

Genital herpes HSV-2

*Giardiasis – intestinal parasite



*Herpes 1, 2 – in vitro

HIV/Aids – in vitro

*HPV – in vitro

Hypertension – animals

Immune system – animals*InflammationInfluenza – animals*Insect bites*Itch

Kidney disease – diabetic nephropathy – animals


Liver Damage – alcohol induced – animals

Lung inflammation from smoking

MRSA – in vitro

Nail fungus and skin fungus – in vitro

Neuropathy – animals

*oral candidiasis .

*Oral wounds


Pancreatitis – animals

*Periodontal pathogens, peridontitis

Pleurisy inflammation- animals


*radioprotectiverenal disease – animals

*Respiratory tract infection – (children, nose spray)


Salmonella – invitro

*Shingles – Herpes Zoster

*Sore throat


Staphylococus assoc. with pneumonia – in vitro

Staphylococus aurius- animals

Streptocucus – in vitro

Streptomyses – in vitro

Stomach ulcers – animals

Tennis elbow


Tuberculosus and micobacteria

Tumors – animals

*Urinary tract infection





Food Recipes for Honey and BEE Bread

Energy Bee Bread Smoothie

  • 1 Tbsp Bee Bread
  • 1/2 cup  almond milk
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 cup  Pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop or protein powder – I use Raw Fit by Garden of Life
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • two handful scoops of ice

Blend all ingredients in mixer for 2 minutes- the longer you blend the creamer the smoothie and you won’t get a brain freeze either.   Smoothies are a wonderful thing!

Peanut Butter Honey Fluff


  • 1 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 (8 oz) container lite cool whip
  • 2 ½ – 3 tbsp honey


In a bowl, whip peanut butter and cool whip together until fluffy. Beat in 2 tablespoons of honey (or more for a stronger honey flavor). Beat for another 2 minutes until fluffy. Spoon into a serving bowl and drizzle honey over the top. Serve with fruit or graham crackers. Happy Eating !


No Bake Energy Bites

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 2/3 cup of honey or BEEbread
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (or sweetened coconut)
  • 1 cup flax seed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup -2 cups of any of these or combination of:  raisins, cranberries, sunflower seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, chopped figs, dried fruits, etc…(When I have other hive products like pollen – ground, bee bread or royal jelly I often add them as well!   The more ingredients the drier the mix, so adjust by adding a Tbsp of honey or nut butter)


Mix everything in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the Fridge for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls and enjoy.  Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week. (If they last that long) I have three energy bites with my coffee every morning:)Enjoy!


Hill Jack Bread Pudding with a Honey Vanilla Sauce


Sauce Ingredients:• 1/2 cup butter• 1/4 cup honey• 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

• 1 tablespoon vanilla



•4 cups (8 slices) cubed white bread• 1/2 cup raisins

• 2 cups milk

• 1/4 cup butter

• 1/3 cup Hive & Honey BEEpothecary Honey

• 2 eggs, slightly beaten

• 1 tablespoon vanilla

• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Directions for Pudding:

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Combine bread and raisins in large bowl. Combine milk and 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted (4 to 7 minutes). Pour milk mixture over bread; let stand 10 minutes.
  • Stir in all remaining pudding ingredients. Pour into greased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until set in center.


Directions for Sauce:

  • Combine all sauce ingredients except vanilla in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil (5 to 8 minutes). Stir in vanilla.
  • To serve, spoon warm pudding into individual dessert dishes; serve with sauce. Store refrigerated


Honey Maple Beer Bread

YIELD: 1 tall 9×5 loaf, about 12 thick slices      PREP TIME: 5 min.   COOK TIME: 40 min.


2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

2 tablespoons light, mild, or medium molasses (not blackstrap)

1/4 cup local honey

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

12 ounces beer (I used a Honey Pumpkin Ale;  use your favorite beer)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the first 9 ingredients (through baking powder). Tip: Measure the oil in a 1/4-cup measure, filling it halfway (there’s 4 tablespoons in 1/4-cup, so halfway is 2 tablespoons). By adding the oil first, it coats the measuring cup so the subsequent sticky ingredients (molasses, honey, maple) will slide right out.
  3. Slowly pour beer over the top. It will bubble and foam. Stir until combined. Batter is thick, gloppy, and dense.
  4. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until top is domed and set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice using a serrated knife. Bread is best fresh, but will keep airtight for up to 4 days. As the days pass, toasting it is recommended. Serving Ideas: with butter, hummus, olive oil and balsamic; eat is as toast, use as sandwich bread, dip in soup, use for French toast, dice day-old bread and bake for croutons or dice and make a French toast bake or bread pudding.






  • Organic Body Care Recipes, Tourles
  • Smart Soapmaking, Watson
  • The Everything Soap Book, Grosso
  • Healing Oils of the Bible, Stewart
  • Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions
  • Honey Crafting
  • Honey  for Health and Beauty, National Honey Board
  • Beekeeping for Dummies
  • The Honey Revolution – Fessenden and McInnes
  • Propolis Power Plus – Wade, Friedrich
  • User’s Guide to Propolis, Royal Jelly, Honey, and Bee Pollen, Broadhurst

Websites – for ideas, recipes for products, additional ingredients, containers


* Remember, the recipes for BEEbread, propolis oil and propolis tincture are in your PowerPoint note sheet handout!

Honey Masks (for immediate use)

Acne Scar Fading Honey Face Mask

Honey face masks can help you fade acne scars and even out skin discolouration, giving your bright and toned skin. Also known as The Hot Face Mask, it is composed of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon. It’s the lemon that causes the burning sensation but that’s if you put more than 1/2 a teaspoon

Ingredient Importance in Face Mask
Cinnamon Contains potent anti-inflammatory and skin lightening properties. Helps fade acne scars and reducing swelling and redness from acne.
Nutmeg Anti-inflammatory. Helps reduce swellings and redness from acne.
Lemon juice Loaded with vitamin C. Great for skin lightening and removing acne scars and dark spots.


  1. Be sure to add only ½ a teaspoon or at least 5 drops of lemon juice. You don’t want your skin to have a harsh red complexion plus a burning sensation! It’s nasty, trust me.
  2. Don’t rub or massage the face mask as you wash it off because you don’t want the ingredients to exfoliate your skin even more. It will leave your skin dry causing your oil glands to produce more sebum which may cause more acne!
  3. This honey face mask is a bit sticky and can be a pain to get off. Simply, use lukewarm water and gently scrub your face until it starts smoothly coming off. Then you can use cold water to wipe off the rest.


  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


Mix well all the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Using clean finger tips, apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face. Sit for 15 to 30 minutes to let the face mask settle and get absorbed deep into your skin. When the time is up, rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. You are sure to notice a delightful improvement to your acne scars which will appear less visible than before!


Skin hydrating Honey Face Mask

Got dry flaky skin? Well, worry no more! This amazing moisturizing honey face mask will lock moisture into your skin cells, feeding it with the necessary moisture needed for supple, lubricated skin. People with dry skin should use this honey face mask because it contains amazing ingredients that heal and nourish dehydrated skin.

Let’s take a look at the powerful ingredients in this skin hydrating honey face mask:


Ingredient Benefit in Face Mask
Avocado Rich in healthy fat and vitamin E, the nutritious avocado will help feed and lubricate withered skin, giving it a supple look and feel.
Coconut Oil An incredible moisturizer and lubricating agent. Coconut oil is blessed with healthy nutrients that nourish dry skin. Say goodbye to flaky peeling skin!


  1. Use a ripe avocado in this mask so it’s easier to mash with a fork.
  2. Avoid the eye and mouth area when applying the mixture as these are more sensitive compared to other parts of your face and the tightening and stretching of the mask may cause wrinkles.
  3. Before applying the mask, wash your face with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel or steam your face. This is simply to open up your pores so the nutrients of the mask can sink deep into your skin.


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/ 4 ripe avocado


In a small mixing bowl, mash ¼ an avocado with the back of a fork or blend if it’s more convenient for you. Add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon coconut oil and mix thoroughly. Using clean fingers, apply a thick coat of this mixture onto your face. Sit for fifteen minutes while you let the mask do its work. You can use this time to soak in a bath or get lunch ready. When the time is up, gently scrub off the mask using warm water. When it’s all off, splash cold water onto your face to close your pores. Pat dry with a towel. Enjoy the silky new feel and look of your moisturized skin!

Acne Blaster Honey Face mask

Using orange peel, raw honey and oats, this honey face mask recipe is great for getting rid of acne and notorious pimples. Raw honey contains antibacterial properties that remove germs that cause acne from deep within the skin pores. Oats not only nourishes skin of all types but also absorbs excess sebum from within your pores as it is an absorbent. This acne-fighting honey face mask provides nourishing, exfoliating and cleansing benefits to skin.

Here are the ingredients used for this face mask:


Ingredient Benefit for Skin
Oats Nourishes skin. Gently exfoliates skin, removing dead cells from the skin surface, promoting smooth supple skin.
Orange Peel Rich in vitamin C, orange peel is great for lightening dark spots and acne scars. Evens out skin discolorations


  1. Use raw organic honey for best results. Processed honey may cause skin irritation and rashes!
  2. It doesn’t matter what type of oats you use. You can use either brown oats or white oats.
  3. Be gentle with your skin when applying this mask. Gently apply a thick coat. Do not rub it harshly on your skin as this may cause your skin to become red and unsightly.


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
  • 1 teaspoons oats


Mix the above ingredients thoroughly in a small mixing bowl. Coat your face with the mixture using clean fingers. Let it settle for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, you can lie down, close your eyes and relax as the mask does its magic. When the time is up, rinse your face and pat dry with a clean towel.

Yogurt and Honey Facial Masks

(for immediate use)

Yogurt contains high amounts of Lactic Acid, an AHA proven to be successful in refining pores, exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production. Unlike most other exfoliants that are harsh (e.g. salylic acid), it gently cleans the skin and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Plus, its thick and creamy texture lends a paste-like consistency that?s ideal for any face mask.

Honey is an all natural humectant—it retains water to help keep the skin soft and moisturized. It also functions as an antimicrobial agent and can even be used to treat minor burns and cuts. An anti-irritant, it’s also gentle enough for sensitive skin. On top of it all, it makes a great binder for all the other ingredients in the mask.

Moisturizing Mask (dry skin)

– 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (the fattier the better)

– 1 tablespoon honey

– 1-2 tablespoons cooked & cooled oatmeal

Mix everything together until it forms a smooth paste. Spread over the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a warm washcloth.

Calming Mask (irritated skin)

– ½ cup of plain yogurt

– 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel or juice

– 1 tablespoon honey

– ½ peeled cucumber

– A few drops of chamomile oil

Mix everything in a blender. Leave on face for 10-15 minutes.

Aspirin Mask (acne)

– 5 uncoated aspirins

– 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt

– 1 dollop honey

In a bowl, mix the honey into the yogurt. Drop the aspirins into the yogurt, and wait for them to dissolve (if you’d like you can also add water/aloe juice to help the tablets dissolve faster). Mix into a paste, and leave on the face for 10-20 minutes. NOTE: do not use if you have an aspirin allergy.

Cleansing Scrub (dull skin)

– 1 tablespoon honey

– 1 teaspoon plain yogurt

– 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds

– ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Mix everything together. Rub gently onto face for 1-2 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


Lip Balm Recipes

Simple Lip Balm

1 ounce beeswax
5 ounces olive oil
5 drops of  Honey
2–3 drops essential oil

Slowly melt the bees wax and oil in a glass, heatproof mixing bowl over a double boiler on a low flame.

Add honey, mix well. You may also melt your ingredients inside a crockpot or a microwave. If you use a microwave oven, be extremely careful, since the wax could reach the flash point and ignite without warning, not to mention splatter all over the inside of your microwave.

Mix them well with a wire whisk. Never allow your mixture to boil. Do not cover the beeswax with a lid while heating, because doing so could create condensation that will fall into your mixture and ruin it.

When all the ingredients are melted and mixed well, test the texture of a sample by letting a small spoonful cool. If too hard, add a drop or two of oil. If too soft, add a little beeswax.When your sample is the perfect texture, remove the rest of the mixture from the flame.

Add the essential oil and mix well. lemon, strawberry, peppermint, and watermelon work well. Have your lip-balm tubes or tins ready, and using a small stainless steel or plastic spoon, pour the mixture into them. You need to work quickly and pour it into the containers before it cools down and hardens.

When all the containers are filled, they will cool down fairly quickly- within a minute or so. Then wipe away the drips before covering each container.

Soft Lip Balm

Fills approximately 12 lip balm tubes or 7 lip balm tins

1 tablespoon of beeswax

1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil

1 tablespoon of cocoa butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

5-10 drops of honey almond essential oil

Add all of the ingredients except the essential oil into a pourable metal double boiler.

Put the double boiler over medium heat and let all of the ingredients gently melt. If you are using a shorter double boiler, make sure that the water does not boil over into your mixture.

Once melted, add the essential oil and swirl around for a minute. On a paper towel line up your empty lip balm containers.

Carefully pour the hot (make sure to not get any on your skin as it will burn) liquid into the containers. If the mixture cools too quickly while you are pouring, put the pot back in the water and heat the mixture back up over the double boiler Let them cool overnight or for at least 10 hours before capping and using.

Firmer lip balm

Fills approximately 12 lip balm tubes or 7 lip balm tins

1 tablespoon of beeswax

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of cocoa butter

1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil (or can use olive oil)

15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil

This can also be made without an essential oil. The mixture of the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax smells wonderful together just as it is.

Add all of the ingredients except the essential oil into a pourable metal double boiler.

Put the double boiler over medium heat and let all of the ingredients gently melt. If you are using a shorter double boiler, make sure that the water does not boil over into your mixture.

Once melted, add the essential oil and swirl around for a minute. On a paper towel line up your empty lip balm containers.

Carefully pour the hot (make sure to not get any on your skin as it will burn) liquid into the containers. If the mixture cools too quickly while you are pouring, put the pot back in the water and heat the mixture back up over the double boiler Let them cool overnight or for at least 10 hours before capping and using.

Skin Balms

 Moisturing Vitamin E Balm

4 oz. sweet almond oil (olive oil, apricot seed oil, etc)
1 oz. beeswax
2 oz. water
10 drops Vitamin E oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Melt the oil and the wax in a double boiler, Remove from heat, add water, and stir thoroughly.
Add your Vitamin E, essential oil and stir continuously until cool. This cream is very moisturizing and emollient.
It is nice for rough, dry, or chapped complexions and should help promote healthy looking skin.
After you have added the essential oil and the cream is still warm enough to pour, carefully pour it into Salve Jars or Metal Tins, we offer both below.

Antiseptic Balm

( Makes enough to fill 4 each 1 ounce salve jars or 1 ounce metal tins )

2 ounces Beeswax
3 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1 ounce Jojoba Oil
20 drops Wheatgerm Oil
20 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

A rule of thumb is 2 parts oil to one part beeswax. Simply heat the Sweet Almond and Jojoba oil in a saucepan and add Beeswax. If you want a thin consistency ( such as a cream or Vaseline ) add only a little bit of Beeswax. Want it thicker like wax? Just add more Beeswax.

Allow the base to cool down to see what the consistency is like. If it’s too thick, add more Sweet Almond oil and reheat, too

Easy Beeswax Balm

1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. beeswax(I prefer the pastilles for easy melting, if using solid beeswax use 2 oz.)
1/2 t. Vitamin E oil (or about 5 capsules cut open and squeezed out) (optional)
20 drops (approximately)essential oil(optional)

  • Combine olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax pastilles into a pint sized canning jar.
  • Put this jar into a saucepan and fill the saucepan with water until it comes 3/4 of the way up the canning jar, being careful not to get water into the oil mixture.
  • Put on the stove over medium/low heat. Heat and stir occasionally until melted.
  • Let cool to room temperature either by leaving out or quicken the process by putting into the refrigerator. During the cooling process, put a fork into the jar and stir vigorously every 15 minutes or so.
  • Once at room temperature, add in the Vitamin E and essential oil. That’s it. You have a balm!

How to Make Herb-Infused Honey

How might one use herb-infused honey? The possibilities are endless. Use it to sweeten tea, lemonade, fruit, and baked goods; stir it into salad dressings and marinades; or serve it with a cheese plate. Herbal honeys may also be used medicinally, for example, sage honey to relieve a sore throat or chamomile honey to promote relaxation. I generally like to create single-herb honeys, but you can also get creative and prepare a blend – maybe your own signature honey!


Basic formula: Use about 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per 1 cup (8 ounces) of honey.

Honey: A light, mild flavored honey generally works best

Herbs: Use a single herb or a combination. Rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, rose petals, and pine needles all make lovely infused honeys. You can also use spices like vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Herbs should be dry; see instructions below.

Clean, dry jars and lids (half-pint and pint mason jars work well)
Chopstick, wooden spoon handle, or other stirrer (avoid metal, which can scratch jars)
Clean cloth for wiping jar rims

  1. Prepare herbs: Herbs should be dry (see safety note, below) and may be in the form of whole sprigs or separated leaves, buds, and petals. Chopped herbs may infuse more quickly, but they may also be harder to strain out. (To dry fresh herbs, use an air or oven drying method, dehydrator, or microwave.)
  2. 2. Combine herbs and honey: Place herbs in the bottom of a jar and fill the jar almost to the top with honey. Using a chopstick or other implement, stir to coat the herbs with honey. Top off with more honey to fill the jar. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth and cover tightly.
  3. Tip: Label the jar with the contents and date so you don’t forget!
  4. 3. Infuse: Let the herbs infuse for at least 5 days. If the herbs float to the top, turn the jar over a few times to keep them well coated. For a more intense flavor, infuse for another week or longer.
  5. 4. Strain: Strain the honey into a clean jar. Depending on the volume of honey and herbs and the size of the strainer, you may need to do this in stages. (Tip: Use the leftover herbs to make a tisane.)
  6. 5. Store: Store the honey in a tightly covered jar in a cool, dry place. It will last indefinitely.

7.      A Note on Safety: Although some people make infused honeys with fresh herbs, this process calls for dried herbs in order to limit water activity and the growth of Clostridium botulinum spores. For more details, see Clemson Extension’s Is herb-infused honey safe to prepare at home?



 Pollen Facial Scrub

Revitalize and rejuvenate your skin with this all-natural facial scrub! Featuring bee pollen, it exfoliates and smoothes your skin:

  • Peel and mash half a ripe avocado
  • Mix with ½ cup yellow or white finely-ground cornmeal
  • Add 1 tsp bee pollen granules
  • Thoroughly wash your face in warm and then cold water
  • Gently rub this mixture on your face for several minutes
  • Remove scrub with a damp washcloth and splash cold water on your face

Honey Bee Pollen Facial Mask

Have all the ingredients at Room Temperature.

Either in a jar, by hand or blend in a blender all ingredients. Blend Well.

Now clean your face and throat thoroughly. With fingers apply this mask.

Leave on for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Follow with brisk patting of astringent made bee pollen. See below:

Bee Pollen Astringent

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Glycerine
  • 1 tablespoon of 70 percent alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon of Bee Pollen Granules

Then add just enough Witch Hazel to fill an 8 oz cup. Stir vigorously with a spoon or in a blender.

Refrigerate until tingly cool then apply with a cotton ball to your face and throat.

Leave on for most of the day.

Bee Pollen for Beautiful Hair

Add a few drops of lemon juice and a teaspoon of Bee Pollen to your favorite shampoo.

Use as usual. Your hair will be left with a lovely shine!



 Easy Homemade Wood Polish Recipe

Here’s what you need:

    • 2 Tbsp finely grated beeswax or beeswax beads
    • 6-8 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (6 if you want a firmer polish, 8 if you want your polish to be a little squishier)
    • Essential oils – if you want a scent
    • A small glass jar
    • A pot with about 2 inches of water in it
    • A spoon
  • First heat up your water to steaming (not boiling).  Once the water is pretty warm, put your beeswax in the glass container and then set the glass container gently into the warm-hot water, making sure the water does NOT sink into the beeswax or overflow.
  • (Doing it this way really helps avoid any beeswax mess and cuts down on cleaning time immensely. Otherwise, you could always just use a real double boiler to melt everything, and then you’ll have to clean your double boiler after you pour it in your container.)
  • Next, melt the beeswax completely.
  • Once the beeswax is melted, pour in the 6-8 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and stir very, very well. You want to add 10-15 drops of a lemon, tea tree, or woody – like pine or cedarwood – essential oil. Do that now and stir well. Let cool. Put lid on jar

How to Use Your Wood Polish

First, whatever wood things you want to clean, make sure they’re lightly dusted and free of any major gunk and stains. Next, you just dip your fingers or a very clean rag into the polish and scoop out a little bit. Massage it into the wood, being careful not to miss any spots.

You can either wipe it off immediately or after you’ve coated the wood with your wood polish, leave it alone for 20 minutes to an hour and then come back and wipe it all down again with a clean, dry rag. Think of it as the difference between conditioning your hair and using a hot oil treatment. The longer you leave it, the more goodness soaks in.

Liquid Beeswax Furniture Polish

To make liquid beeswax furniture polish you will need the following ingredients:

• 50 g pure soap flakes

• 100 g beeswax

• 500 mL turpentine

• 250 mL water

Dissolve the soap in the warm water in one pan, put the shaved wax into the turpentine in another pan and warm gently until the wax is thoroughly into the turpentine, stirring with a wooden stick.

When dissolved and well mixed, pour into the storage jars. When mixing ingredients ensure they are of the same temperature.


Cream or Paste Beeswax Furniture Polish

This recipe is simply a mixture of beeswax and a suitable solvent. The less solvent used, the more stiff the mixture. The traditional solvent is pure turpentine and this gives to beeswax polish the scent reminiscent of gleaming old mahogany. The solvent can be replaced by mineral turps or white spirit. Use:

• 100 g beeswax

• 250 mL solvent

Heat solvent in a pan and the beeswax in a separate pan to the same temperature. Pour solvent into wax and stir thoroughly. Pour into prepared containers


Homemade Leather Balm

25g beeswax
25g cocoa butter
50g sweet almond oil (or other not-too-greasy liquid oil)

Melt everything together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour into a 125mL mason jar and let cool until solid, 30–40 minutes. Use whenever you like. Also makes a nice body balm!


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