Healthy Living

Mind your Beeswax! Great DIY Crafts you can Make with Beeswax

Mind your Beeswax! Great DIY Crafts you can Make with Beeswax

 

Beeswax is a great natural Base for homemade products.  It is a wonderful component to add to your life if you are a DIY enthusiast. Natural products such as candles, chapsticks, makeup and lotions can be made without the use of chemicals and toxins.

 

DIY Beeswax Candles

Ingredients-

  • 1 lb Beeswax
  • Candle Wicks
  • Glass Jars
  • 1 Heat Resistant Bowl
  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • Water
  • Essential Oil of Choice

Instructions-

  1. Prepare your candle bases.
  2. Clean jars and ensure they are dry and ready for use.
  3. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom of the wick to secure it to the bottom of the jar.
  4. Using a stick, fork or pencil, carefully tape it to the top of the jar and wrap the wick around it to ensure it stays upright.
  5. Fill sauce pan halfway with water, heat on medium/high heat.
  6. Add beeswax into heat resistant container.
  7. Place heat resistant container filled with beeswax carefully into the heated water and stir slowly until completely melted.
  8. Add 2-4 drops of the desired essential oil
  9. Mix slowly to avoid burning yourself.
  10. While still warm, carefully pour the beeswax mixture into the glass jar, ensuring that the wick stays upright in the middle of the container.
  11. Let cool for 24 hours.
  12. After 24 hours, trim the wick and enjoy your natural beeswax candle!

DIY Lip Balms

 

Ingredients-

  • 5 oz Beeswax
  • 5 oz Sweet Almond oil
  • 5 oz Coconut oil
  • 1 oz Shea butter
  • 1 oz Cocoa butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Peppermint Essential oil

Instructions-

  1. Combine the Beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and sweet almond oil in a heat resistant bowl and melt together.
  2. Stir until all ingredients are blended.
  3. While the mixture is melting, insert all the empty tubes in the back side of the fillable lip balm tray.
  4. When completely melted, remove from the heat resistant bowl.
  5. Add your favorite essential oil and stir.
  6. Safely pour the mixture into the tubes while the mixture is still warm, using the fillable tray.
  7. Use the spatula to thoroughly fill tubes.
  8. Let the lip balm tubes cool to room temperature.
  9. Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

 

DIY Lotion Bars

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Shea Butter
  • 1 cup Beeswax
  • 2-4 Drops Essential Oil of Choice
  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Heat Resistant Container
  • 1 Silicone Mold
  • 2 cups Water

Instructions-

  1. Add water to saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Combine beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter in the heat resistant container and place in the saucepan.
  3. Stir until melted.
  4. Once the ingredients are melted, stir and remove from heat.
  5. Add 2-4 drops of desired essential oil to melted mixture.
  6. Stir thoroughly.
  7. Carefully pour into mold, let cool 24 hours.
  8. After 24 hours, remove from mold and enjoy.

 

Healthy Living

What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

 

Beeswax is a substance produced by worker bees, which is secreted by glands on the bee’s abdomen. It is naturally a yellow-brownish color, but can also be purified to different shades of yellow or even white.

What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

White and yellow beeswax pellets differ in color based on the filtration process. White beeswax is turned white after undergoing a pressure-filtration process. Yellow beeswax is typically processed less and therefore left in its more natural state.

Which Beeswax should you use?

Choosing the right beeswax product is dependent on what you are using the beeswax for. It is important to choose a pure, 100% organic natural beeswax product that does not contain other filler ingredients. Be sure you research the quality of the beeswax you are purchasing. 

White beeswax is great for projects such as candle making because you can create lots of different colored candles with natural mica powder. Beeswax candles are naturally hypoallergenic and emit negative ions into the air, which have various health benefits.

Yellow beeswax can still be used for candles, but will not showcase the colors in the mica powder as well as a white beeswax base will. White beeswax is typically chosen for aesthetic reasons.

Both yellow and white beeswax can be used for creating holistic products such as lip balms, lotions, soaps and as previously mentioned, candles.

Again, before choosing a beeswax product be sure it is authentic and does not contain filler ingredients.

Healthy Living

Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles are a staple of relaxing comfort in most American homes, but most people would be alarmed to discover that candles can be toxic and harmful to their health.

Candles can contain chemicals which are known to damage the human body and cause cancer. Exposure to these chemicals have also been linked to lung and central nervous system damage and have been a precursor to developmental difficulties in children.

(Source: Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Anne Steinemann)

The University of Michigan released a study that revealed 30% of candles contained lead. When lit, these candles emit toxins into the air and we inhale them. Our lungs can easily become damaged when exposed to led, so the safety of lead containing candles is definitely questionable.

Paraffin is another common candle ingredient which is toxic. It is a waste product created from petroleum, and yet it is placed into candles and sold despite it’s negative effects. When heated, paraffin releases a carcinogenic chemical in the air. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, “Pure paraffin wax is widely regarded as non-toxic, but may possess some carcinogenic properties.” (Source: OSHA- Ref 5.3)

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 passed in the State of California revealed that there are at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax. Paraffin wax falls into the category of toxic chemicals known as petrochemicals, which are byproducts derived from petroleum.  Yes! Petroleum, which includes fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil.  So essentially, when you are lighting a paraffin wax candle you are allowing gasoline-like toxins to enter the air in your home.

Fortunately, there are natural replacements for the toxin filled candles in your home. Beeswax candles are a natural, safe alternative you can add to your household instead. Hope, Healing, Happy Co proudly offers organic beeswax candles!

Replacing the toxic chemicals we are exposed to is a critical step into achieving optimal health.  Beeswax is an all-natural, yellow or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees. It can be used to replace the toxins in beauty products, polishes, creams and even candles!

Beeswax is a 100% natural product. Candles made from beeswax also have many health benefits unlike toxic paraffin candles. When heated, Beeswax candles emit negative ions. Negative ions are believed to increase the body’s production of serotonin, which is the brain’s “happy chemical.” The release of negative ions can aid in stress relief and improve our moods. Negative ions also purify  the air and are especially beneficial to those with respiratory issues such as asthma, emphysema and lung diseases.  (Source: Dr. Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.)

If you are looking for a safe alternative to toxic chemicals, homemade beeswax candles are a great substitute with amazing health benefits. Hope, Healing, Happy Co offers high quality beeswax candles that are sure to improve your life!

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