Honey can be used to make delicious recipes (honey-mustard sheet-pan chicken with Brussels sprouts anyone? DIY masks. But did you know that bees also produce another sticky substance you can use in many different ways? This magical substance is beeswax, which bees make to create a honeycomb.
Beekeepers often harvest beeswax leftovers from honey extraction. If you wish, you can buy blocks online or at your local farmers’ market. Beeswax can be used in many ways, including in your beauty routine, your cooking, and your home. It is durable (it was found unmolested in the tombs of ancient pharaohs), has excellent protection qualities, and has a long shelf-life. What can you do with this all-natural, long-lasting product that is also organic? Here are Uses for Beeswax that will get you started.
You could spend $10 on ready-to-go votives… or you could spend $10 to make your very own. We won’t lie, buying a candle in a store is much easier than making your own. The great thing about being in touch with Martha Stewart is that you have complete control over what goes into your candle, including its scent.
2. Lubricate wood
When your great aunt passed on her mahogany dresser, you were delighted. It was until you discovered how creaky it creaked every time you touched one of its drawers. You guessed it, beeswax. Beeswax Uses this natural lubricant to smoothen the surfaces of your windows, drawers, and doors.
3. Make your own Beeswax Wrap
Plastic is bad for the environment. There is an alternative to plastic wrap that will keep your food fresh and preserve its environment. Beeswax wrap is a washable, compostable, and recyclable product made from cotton, beeswax, and other natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, tree resin, and beeswax. You can learn how to make your food wraps here, or you can buy them online. We like Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wrap ($11), and Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3-Pack ($18).