8 Ways to Use Beeswax

Visitors at our Honey House discover raw beeswax on our shelves and often ask us how to use beeswax. We gathered a list of interesting beeswax uses shortly after we worked on the great beeswax filtering project at our Honey House. I can’t say that this was the most graceful of projects at the Honey House. Our processes have since changed after that inspiring day, so that our wax is in better shape when we start.

Do you know where beeswax comes from?

This past season our bees not only gave us great honey, but also gifted us with about fifteen (or so) pounds of raw beeswax. We filter our beeswax by hand and with the assistance of special equipment in our lab. We put the filtered beeswax to use in our all natural beeswax candles. All of our soy blend candles contain a small percentage of raw beeswax from our hives. We’ve also made raw beeswax available to our customers in our honey store.

There are many unusual yet amazing beeswax uses from our pure yellow, hand filtered wax.

A section of comb from the hives

Listed below are a few of our favorites:

  1. Wood polish. A mixture of beeswax and essential oils make for a great all natural wood furniture and floor polish.
  2. Home Improvement. Around the home, beeswax has a number of uses. It can work as a natural lubricant for stuck doors, windows and nails. It can be used to treat tools to prevent rusting, as the wax acts as a waterproof coating. Which brings me to another great use…
  3. Waterproofing Shoes. There are numerous diy tutorials out there that teach you how to waterproof your leather and canvas shoes with beeswax and a blow dryer. My main tip is to do a small test patch before treating the entire shoe.
  4. Pinecone Fire Starters. Beeswax is flammable! Be warned it should always be handled on low heat. Thus it makes a great non-toxic fire starter you can make with pinecones, that can be found right in your backyard.
  5. Beeswax Crayons. Try making do-it-yourself beeswax crayons for a fun weekend project. Mix equal parts beeswax and soap add food coloring for a splash of color, it’s an easy way to make non-toxic crayons.
  6. Reuseable food wraps. Hate wasting plastic bags and cling wrap? With your choice of fabric, create your own eco-friendly beeswax wrap to keep food fresh. Make sure to find a recipe with pine resin, it gives the wrap the traditional cling and durability needed.
  7. Anti- Itch Salve. Beeswax is good for the skin. There are a number of recipes that use beeswax as an ingredient in do-it-yourself home remedy salves for minor burns and scrapes.
  8. Eat it. It’s the original chewing gum. This rare treat can be chewed like gum, swiped on warm toast with butter or used right in your morning tea.
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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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