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Make Your Own Beeswax Balm
Making a homemade beeswax balm is a great way to show our feet some love. The moisturizing properties of this natural wax are well known. This recipe for foot balm with beeswax is a favorite for dry, cracked heels. It is easy to make and store and is a great gift too.
When beekeepers collect honey from their beehives, some beeswax is left over. This valuable substance must not be wasted.
Honey bees work very hard to produce wax. And, we humans can use it to do so many wonderful things!
Beeswax has been used in homemade projects for hundreds of years. From lip balm to furniture polish, this wax brings some wonderful qualities to our homemade products.
Do you suffer from rough cracked heels? I do, especially during the Winter – though it happens in the Summer too!
The use of a cream or balm with moisturizing properties can help. However, it never seems to be long lasting and I forget to apply it every day.
Then, I saw some recipes for a homemade balm using beeswax. Being a beekeeper, I have plenty of that on hand. So, I gave it try and was well pleased with the results.
Why is Beeswax Good for Cracked Heels?
This wax works by holding in moisture that is already in your skin. I believe it is especially soothing for cracked heels because it rubs into the cracks and stays put.
Because a this product is thicker – it doesn’t rub off as easily as a thinner product might.
Beeswax helps keep the soothing sensation on your heels for longer. I do recommend using it under socks at night – you don’t want to slip and fall.
Where to Get the Beeswax
In order to create your foot care masterpiece, you just need to combine just a few ingredients. We start with raw wax from the hive.
If you have ever held a bar of beeswax, you will know that it is a solid that can not be rubbed on your skin. This wax needs some help from other ingredients to become useful for skin care.
Perhaps you are a beekeeper with some extra wax on hand. If so, you only need to clean your beeswax before beginning your recipe.
If you do not have access to raw wax, that’s okay, you can purchase clean some online.
Our goal is to mix solid ingredients like beeswax with softer oils such as coconut oil, shea butter etc. The resulting combination is a product that is harder than lotion – yet pliable enough to spread.
Ingredients: Foot Balm Beeswax Balm for Heels
- 4 oz net weight of Raw Beeswax (1/2 cup)
- 4 oz net weight of Raw Shea Butter (1/2 cup)
- 5 oz net weight of Coconut Oil (1/2 cup)
- 3 drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)
Equipment Needed for Making Beeswax Balm
You will also need a double boiler (stove top) or glass container (microwave safe) for melting the ingredients.
I prefer to not use the microwave so my instructions will involve melting ingredients on the stove top.
Go slow, using very short times to safely melt your ingredients – and constant supervision.
How to Make Beeswax Balm for Your Feet
Time needed: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Directions for making a Foot Balm with Beeswax
- Melting the Beeswax and other Ingredients
If you do not have a standard “double boiler”, place the double boiler insert in a pot with heating water.
The melting container or “wax pot” sits on the insert- surrounded by water.
The hot water allows safe melting of our ingredients. Place the beeswax and shea butter in the melting container.
Once the wax and shea butter are half melted, you can add the coconut oil. Coconut oil melts very quickly.
Beeswax takes longer to melt. Cutting it into smaller chunks will speed melting.
- Prepare Working Surface and Containers
Working with hot wax can be messy. A large piece of aluminum foil makes clean up a breeze.
You also need some type of containers to hold your finished product. If you are making this recipe for yourself, a wide-mouth pint jar is fine. Smaller containers are good for gift-giving.
If you are using glass, pre-warm them with hot water and dry – before pouring hot wax into them.
Metal tins and plastic cups are other good choices for containers.
- Add Vitamin E and Essential Oils then Pour
When the ingredients have completely melted, remove from the heat source. Add Vitamin E and essential oils – if desired.
Carefully, pour your ingredients into their final containers. While the pouring pot is hot, a quick wipe with a paper towel to remove any residue left inside.
- Allow Beeswax Balm to cool and Seal
Should become semi-solid in an hour or so. Put lids on your jars (or other containers) once the mixture is set. Your product is ready to use.
Change the Recipe to Fit Your Needs
This recipe is a general formula. It is very forgiving, you can remelt and tweak the ingredients a bit. If you want a less solid product – remelt and add a bit more coconut oil.
That is one of the wonderful properties of working with beeswax. It mixes well with other oils and it very forgiving if you need to try again.
How do You Use Beeswax Balm for Your Feet?
Apply it to your dry heels before bed. Do a thorough job and really rub it into the cracks around the heel.
Cover with socks to prevent stains on clothing or falls – it will feel slick don’t walk without socks. By the next morning most of the balm should be absorbed into your skin.
Benefits of Using Beeswax Balm for Skin Care
Using homemade recipes to making your own products is a good way to know exactly what you are putting on your body. You do not have to worry about possibly dangerous chemicals being in your balms.
Creating natural beeswax products for home use is also a great lesson in sustainability.
Making use of every resource produced by our hives is one way of respecting the bees. A beekeeper can make and sell products like this or just share the recipe with customers.
Educate others on the contributions of honey bees and the many ways to use beeswax and other hive products.
If you enjoyed making this project, it’s time to consider pampering your lips now. Beeswax lip balm is so easy to make!
Planning to spend some time outside? Try this DIY Beeswax Bug Bite Stick uses essential oils to soothe irritated skin.
**This information is shared as one way to use beeswax for natural products. Use all safety precautions to avoid burns or other possible effects of using the product. I am not a doctor – use this product at your own risk. **