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Make Your Own Beeswax Bug Bite Stick
Do you love being outdoors during Spring and Summer? Does it seem that every mosquito and biting insect in flying distance wants to make your acquaintance? If so, it is time to consider using a little beeswax to create an anti-itch bug bite stick. While it will not completely cure the problem, it will give some relief to your skin.
Being outside is good for your health and your soul. I especially love the evenings of Spring and Summer when the day is almost done.
Shadows are gathering in the woods but the sky is still light. And, yes, every mosquito in the neighborhood likes that time of day too.
There are many commercial products that help keep biting insects away. But, they don’t always work. At some time during the season, you are likely to need a beeswax bug bite stick. Why not make your own?
Why Beeswax for Skin Care
Beeswax is made by worker honeybees from special glands on the underside of their abdomen. Only honey bees can make beeswax. It is used to build the honeycombs inside their hive.
Beeswax acts as a humectant (it attracts water) and it forms a protective layer on your skin. These properties make it a great soother for any skin irritations.
Preparing Beeswax for Use in Projects
Beeswax is available to purchase in pastilles that are already cleaned and very easy to measure and melt.
However, you may be lucky enough to have your own beehives or know a local beekeeper from whom you can purchase raw beeswax.
If so, be sure your raw beeswax is properly cleaned before using it for candles or any other projects. Once it is clean, it is time to melt your beeswax.
Beeswax has a low melting point of about 147°F which makes it a great crafting wax to work with. However, it is flammable if heated to the flashpoint of 204.4 °C (400 °F).
Some people gently melt beeswax in the microwave but that is not my recommendation. The safest way to melt your beeswax is using a double boiler method.
These small double boiler inserts are inexpensive and make great pans to dedicate to your beeswax crafts. However, you can just use a small pot of water and a tin can to hold the beeswax too.
Materials Needed for Your Beeswax Bug Bite Stick
- 28.4 grams of beeswax (= 1 ounce or 2 Tablespoons)
- 26.8 grams of Shea Butter (=.946 ounce or 2 Tablespoons)
- 13.06 grams of Coconut Oil (=.46 ounce or 1 Tablespoon)
- 24 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Vitamin E Oil Capsule or 3 drops of Oil (optional)
- Empty Lip Balm Tubes or Balm Tins ( 9 tubes .15 size)
How to Make a Beeswax Bug Bite Stick
Time needed: 1 hour.
Steps to make your own Beeswax Bug Bite Stick
- Melting the beeswax
Measure all of your materials and set aside. Begin by placing the beeswax in your double boiler set up.
The beeswax will be a bit slow to melt so it is good to begin with the wax.
- Combining other ingredients
Once most of your beeswax has liquified, add the coconut oil and shea butter.
Continue to gently warm until these ingredients are liquid and mixed together.
- Add Essential Oils
Remove the wax container from heat and add your essential oils. Count the drops – don’t use too much.
We don’t want the essential oils to be overheated – that is why you remove the mix from the heat before adding them. (Add a few drops of vitamin E oil if desired – optional).
- Pour into containers
Stir well and let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes.
Then slowly pour into empty lip balm tubes or small tins – depending on which container you prefer to use.
- Tops Added
Leave them sitting without a cap for an hour or two to allow the beeswax bug bite stick to solidify. Then cap tightly.
- Labels Please
You don’t want anyone applying the beeswax bug bite stick to their lips so label the container appropriately.
Even if you are only making them for yourself. Create some types of label. If you plan to give them away – I would list the ingredients -just in case someone may have allergies.
Storing Your Beeswax Bug Bite Sticks
Congratulations – You did it! Now pat yourself on the back for just a moment because you created your own natural product to use.
Best of all, you know what’s in it. You can use it with assurance that it contains no toxic chemicals.
These should last several months, even longer if you keep the extras in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. I suggest keeping one with you and the rest in the frig until needed.
Final Thoughts onf Making Beeswax Bug Bite Sticks
These are not medicine but rather a way to make use of the skin soothing properties of beeswax and essentials oils. Always take care and consult a doctor as needed.
Making things with beeswax is fun. Now that you have the hang of things, maybe its time to try some Beeswax Body Butter to soothe the rest of your skin.
And don’t forget Rover – this homemade Dog Paw Balm uses beeswax to lock in moisture on your best friend’s foot pads.