Wildland Gardens

In wildness is the preservation of the world – Thoreau


My Experiments with Beeswax Last September, James collected our first batch of honey, wax, and propolis.  At first I wasn’t sure what I would do with the sweet, honey infused, wax. When my mother-in-law came for Thanksgiving she brought along her bag of doTerra essential oils and a recipe for lip balm. So began many experiments with beeswax balms. I’ve had a few successes–

  • BUG BAR  This week I’ve included a bug bar with your share. It’s a simple mixture of honey infused beeswax, expeller expressed coconut oil, almond oil and citronella and patchouli essential oils. I use it on my skin to ward off chiggers, ticks , and mosquitoes. I’ve noticed that it works for 2-3 hours before I need to reapply.
  • WINTERGREEN BALM  My favorite of the balms is made from honey infused beeswax, expeller expressed coconut oil, almond oil, and doTerra wintergreen and peppermint essential oils.  I use this slick balm on my hands and feet every evening. It reduces swelling, moisturizes my garden-art-horse hands, and chills me out.
  •  LAVENDER & PEPPERMINT BALM  I grow lavender in my garden– right in-front of the house. In the morning before picking salad greens I rub a stem of lavender in between my hands– Oh what a beautiful scent.  So far my experiments at making my own essential oils has not been successful. I will continue to experiment but in the mean time I continue to use the highest quality essential oils I can buy (you can tell by the smell). This balm can be used on lips, ears, hands and feet.
  • SUNSCREEN  My current experimentation is into the realm of sunscreen. This past week I bought a bag of zinc oxide and have been researching recipes for our own simple and safe alternative to sunscreen.

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