Uses for Beeswax

I have had a lot of people ask me what to do with pure beeswax.  I think everyone should have a piece hanging around the house as there are so many uses for it.  You can make a sticky drawer slide smoothly by rubbing a little beeswax on the runners.  I just did this with my chest of drawers and it worked great.  You can use it on doors and windows too. 

My coworker asked me for a block for an interesting purpose.  He puts a bit on the end of a screw to stick it to the screwdriver when you can't get your fingers into the right spot to hold the screw.  That way you can just aim the stuck-on screw into the hole and insert.  Coating a screw or nail with beeswax also makes it so the wood won't splinter.  You can coat your tools in beeswax to prevent rust also. 

It also has many uses in cosmetics.  I am going start making some lip balm that I will have for sale.  There are also many lotion and body cream recipes I am looking at.

Candles - of course!  The beeswax candle does not create harmful smoke when burned and doesn't drip.  It also burns longer than petroleum based waxes.

Sealing jars of jam is also another use for beeswax.  Coating thread with beeswax makes sewing easier and the thread last longer.

On the art front, you can make batik print fabric and Ukrainian eggs with beeswax.  You can also make your own crayons.

Do you know where the phrase "It's none of your beeswax" comes from?  Letters used to be sealed with beeswax to make sure no one read your mail before you did.

So there you have it, just a few of the many uses of beeswax.  Google it sometime, you will be amazed at what you can do with it.

Aloha!  Linda

 My gardenia and Pikake jasmine just had to get their photos taken with the beeswax.  They are in full bloom right now and make the yard smell heavenly!

My gardenia and Pikake jasmine just had to get their photos taken with the beeswax.  They are in full bloom right now and make the yard smell heavenly!