20 Reasons Why Beeswax Is One Of The Most Useful Things In The World

beeswaxI truly enjoy Beeswax Candles! When I saw this article I wanted to pass it on to give everyone a few more ideas for beeswax. Hope you enjoy.  

If you’re like us and you love all things green and growing, then you probably already know just how much we owe to the tiny marvel that is the honey bee. These perpetually busy little insects truly are one of nature’s greatest gifts to humankind, not just for their honey and all of the mighty health benefits carried within it, but also for beeswax.

Beeswax – the natural substance which bees create and use to build the comb structures inside their hives – is well-known as an ingredient in natural lip balms and candles. However, its uses go far beyond that. Here are 20 creative things to make with beeswax plus some tips.

1. Lip Balm

No doubt you’ve seen these lovelies at your local natural health store. If you’ve never tried beeswax lip balm, you really don’t know what you’re missing. One of the biggest problems with petroleum-based balms is that they taste terrible. Another is the fact that they don’t soak into your skin so you’re constantly having to reapply. Beeswax lip balm eliminates both of these issues. It tastes good (or at least not bad), sticks to your skin like tree sap and it’s resistant to human saliva so you won’t have to reapply it every time you lick your lips homemade beeswax lip balm. Check out this excellent how-to by Everyday Roots to get the step-by-step for making yo

2. Moisturizing Body Bar

Beeswax makes the perfect base for creating your own all-natural moisturizing body bars. Check out this great guide by Common Sense Homesteading to learn all about it. Or if you’d like to try them out before you undertake the project of making your own, you can pick up a pre-made beeswax lotion bar here.

3. Natural Makeup

Most store-bought makeup is full of synthetic chemicals that may make you look good, but which are also damaging to your skin. Instead, learn how to create your own natural lip stick, foundation, mascara and more using beeswax and other natural ingredients with these 8 Homemade Makeup Tutorials!

4. Beard & Mustache Wax

Here’s one for the guys. Turn your facial hair into a classy all-natural fashion statement with beeswax beard and mustache wax. Bearsapp.com offers an excellent step-by-step guide here. Or borrow the secrets of the Amish (because let’s face it, they have notoriously epic facial hair!) Pick up a tin of Honest Amish natural beeswax beard wax to give it a try and see how you like it before making your own.

5. Dreadlock & Braid Wax

Condition and strengthen braids and dreadlocks with all-natural beeswax using this guide by ehow.com. You can also pick up pre-made locking wax from this page on Amazon.

6. Anti-Itch Cream

Beeswax is great for your skin, it’s no secret. If you have chronically dry skin, eczema or other irritating skin conditions, try making your own all-natural homemade beeswax anti-itch cream by following this easy how-to guide by Live Simply.

7. Pain Relief Salve

Use natural beeswax as the base for your next batch of homemade pain relief salve. Real Food Outlaws offers an excellent tutorial to show you how its done.

Also be sure to read up on these 30 Powerful Herbs & Spices That Kill Pain Fast and 15 Essential Oils To Instantly Relieve Pain & How To Use Them for more great tips on natural pain relief that really works!

8. Chewing Gum Alternative

There’s not much of a how-to for this one. Simply pop a small chunk of filtered beeswax into your mouth and chew until it completely dissolves.

This is a great alternative to sugary or chemical-laden chewing gums. Chewing beeswax can also help you to break bad habits like lip-chewing, nail-biting or smoking!

9. Substitute for Plastic Wrap

One of the more interesting and little-known uses for beeswax – you can use it to create and all-natural substitute for plastic wrap. Check out this guide by DIY Natural to learn more.

10. Wood Utensil & Bowl Conditioner

Coat your wooden utensils, bowls and other wooden kitchen items with beeswax to preserve and protect them from heat and to prevent them from drying and cracking. Oak Tree Arts offers a great how-to here.

You can also purchase pre-made natural beeswax wood conditioner from this page on Amazon.

11. Furniture Polish

Just as with wooden utensils and the like, beeswax can also be used to protect wooden furniture throughout your home. Read up on how to make all-natural homemade furniture polish using beeswax with this great guide by Lovely Greens.

Alternately, you can purchase natural beeswax furniture polish here.

12. Homemade Candles

Homemade beeswax candles burn longer and cleaner than most store-bought candles and are exponentially better for your health. Learn how to make your own with this excellent and very detailed guide by DIY Natural.

When making beeswax candles, you’ll want to use silicone molds as the wax will not adhere to them. There are literally thousands of styles of silicone molds to choose from! You can find an immense selection here on Amazon.

Also remember that beeswax burns hotter and longer than other types of wax so you’ll want to bee choosey with your wicks. Cotton square-braided wick is generally recognized as the best (you can find them here). As for the size of your wick, this will be determined by the diameter of your candles. For help in the sizing department, I recommend asking your wick supplier for advice as they will (usually) know their products well enough to provide the best advice. Otherwise, Busy Bee Candle Supply offers a general wick sizing chart on their website here.

Learn more about why you should stop buying candles and start making your own natural ones in this great article: How (Most) Scented Candles Are Destroying Your Home Air Quality & What To Do Instead!

13. Envelope Sealant

As you may already know, melted beeswax has been used throughout history to seal letters and scrolls by applying a dollop of wax to the edges of the parchment and letting it harden. These wax seals were also typically stamped with the sender’s personal seal as a sort of official signature.

Jazz up your own letters and invitations by doing the same. Simply melt the end of a stick of beeswax, apply to the closed edge of an envelope and let it harden to seal it with style. You can even pick up a wax seal stamp to personalize your correspondence just like they did in the day of old!

14. Non-Toxic Crayons

Forget store-bought crayons with all of their artificial colors and ingredients. Instead, make your own homemade crayons using beeswax and natural pigments by following this guide by Wee Folk Art. (For busy parents who simply don’t have the time to undertake such a project, you can also pick up a pack of natural non-toxic beeswax crayons here.)

15. Zipper Lubricant

Apply a light coating of beeswax to zippers in order to un-stick them or to keep them lubricated an

16. Sewing Thread Strengthener

Strengthen your sewing thread and prevent frays by applying a light coating of beeswax along the length of it before you start stitching.

17. Iron Cleaner

Remove mineral build-up and other contaminants by rubbing a little beeswax onto the business end of your clothes iron. (This works for hair straightening irons, too!)

18. Window, Door & Drawer Lubricant

If you have a stubborn or squeaky window, door or drawer, trying coating the hinges and slides with a little beeswax to lubricate them and remove any built-up dirt or rust.

19. Screw / Nail Lubricant

Coat screws and nails with a small amount of beeswax before using them. Lubricated screws and nails go in easier and straighter and will make your next home improvement project just a little bit easier!

20. Hand Tool Protectant

Protect the metal part on your hand tools from rust and prevent wooden pieces from drying by cleaning and coating them with beeswax to extend their life. (This will help to prevent splinters, too!)

Tips For Working With Beeswax

Working with beeswax can be a fun and rewarding experience, as well as provide safe and all-natural alternatives to otherwise toxin-filled products which we use every day! Here are some tips for working with beeswax to help you get the most out of all of your DIY beeswax projects!

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