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Nurse Bee

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Location: Essex, England

PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Bee's wax products Reply with quote

I have tried to find recipes for bee's wax products on the forum. No luck so far! Looking for recipes for body lotion,, creams, lip balms, furniture polish.
If not in 'bee recipes and products, where do I look?
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Moderator Bee

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recipe for beeswax polish from beeswax, linseed oil and turpentine:

1. Bring 1 pint of linseed oil to a hot state in a regular sauce pan. Do not allow the linseed oil to burn, or it will add a dark color to the finished beeswax polish. Once good and hot, remove from heat.

2. Meanwhile, melt 1 pound of beeswax in a bain-marie and remove from heat once melted. Never heat beeswax in a standard pan, as it can easily catch fire when exposed to direct heat.

3. Add the hot linseed oil to the melted beeswax and also stir in 1 pint of turpentine. Odourless turpentine is best if you can find it.

4. Once thoroughly mixed, decant into a container and leave to set.

That's it.
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New Bee

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Location: SouthEast Queensland, Australia

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:39 am    Post subject: beeswax salve/ polish/ etc Reply with quote

I have found a good rule of thumb is one part beeswax to four parts oil. I use olive oil but you could also use avocado oil for lip salves. I add propolis alcohol extract to the basic salve mixture and it makes a good lube for milking cows by hand.
Mixed with neem oil, its good for creating ant barriers on fruit trees to stop them farming aphids.
Just plain its good for polishing leather boots and furniture as well as lubing drawer runners.
Infused with herbs it makes a good healing salve (comfrey is probably my favourite).
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