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Beeswax petroleum jelly: make the basic jelly ... then keep on going.

Beeswax petroleum jelly is easy to make and it is an ingredient of many other products. If you don't keep bees you can get beeswax from beekeeping and candle-making suppliers. Essential oils and beeswax are sold by most herb suppliers.

Beeswax petroleum jelly Basic formula

1 ounce (weight) beeswax

1/2 cup baby or mineral oil

Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler. Stir in the mineral oil.

Chapped-lip balm

Petroleum jelly is good for chapped lips, but this formula is even better.

1 tablespoon shredded beeswax

1 tablespoon petroleum jelly

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon lanolin

3 to 4 drops essential oil

Melt the wax, lanolin and petroleum jelly in a microwave. Add the honey and essential oil. Essential oil of peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen and camphor slightly numb painful lips. Stir the mixture until it cools.

Cocoa butter substitute

Cocoa butter substitute is used as a lubricant to soften skin and as a massage cream. It also protects skin from sun and wind.

4 tablespoons petroleum jelly

6 tablespoons lanolin

Melt the ingredients in a microwave or a double boiler.

Cuticle softener

Massage petroleum jelly into the cuticles each morning and night to soften them.

Fish bait

Use small pieces of sponge coated with petroleum jelly to simulate fish-egg bait.

Hair pressing oil

This oil is a heat transfer medium and a lubricant for hot combing and straightening hair.

1 ounce (weight) beeswax

24 ounces (weight) petroleum jelly

Fragrant essential oil (optional)

Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler. Add the petroleum jelly and melt the mixture again. Stir well. Use pressing oil after shampooing and towel drying the hair.

Instant shoe shine

1/4 cup petroleum jelly

1/4 cup turpentine or mineral spirits

Melt the petroleum jelly in a microwave. Remove it from the heat and stir in the turpentine. Saturate a sponge and set it on a rack to dry for two days. Rub the sponge over shoes for an instant shine. The sponge is effective for several months. Mineral spirits and turpentine are sold with paint supplies. Never heat them over direct heat and always have adequate ventilation when mixing them.

Leather softener

With age and exposure, leather such as work shoes, hunting boots and baseball loves become hard. This formula softens leather and makes it waterproof.

2 ounces (weight) beeswax

8 ounces (weight) petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a microwave or double boiler. Brush the onto the leather and allow it to penetrate. If possible, place the item in hot sun to help the mixture penetrate the leather. Polish the leather with a cloth to remove excess oil and wax.

Lip gloss

Simple petroleum jelly is a good clear lip gloss. Lipstick colors this formula. This is a good way to use lipstick that is too dark because the gloss will be a lighter color.

1 teaspoon shredded beeswax

1/2 teaspoon lipstick

1/2 teaspoon petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a small can placed in boiling water. Stir it well and pour it into a small container.

Lubricant

Petroleum jelly is a waterproof lubricant that is long lasting.

Mosquito repellent

Almost any oil preparation on the skin repels mosquitoes.

5 tablespoons petroleum jelly

2 tablespoons mineral oil

1 tablespoon citronella essential oil

Stir the ingredients together.

Paint mask

Before painting around window panes or hardware, apply a thin film of petroleum jelly to protect them from paint. After the paint has dried, the petroleum jelly and any paint over it are easily wiped away.

Sore muscle rub

1/4 cup petroleum jelly

1/4 cup lanolin

1 tablespoon wintergreen essential oil

Stir the ingredients together. Apply the formula generously to painful joints and muscles before and after exercise. Massage gently and repeat as needed.

Stuck caps

Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the threads of tubes and jars. This keeps caps from sticking on such things as glue or oil paint.

Vapor rub

The penetrating vapor of this ointment relieves a stuffy nose and chest congestion. It is also a natural moisturizer that protects lips and skin from chapping.

1/2 cup petroleum jelly

2 tablespoons wintergreen, camphor or eucalyptus essential oil

2 teaspoons beeswax

Melt the beeswax and petroleum jelly in a microwave or a double boiler. Remove it from the heat and stir in the essential oil. The oils can be used singly or in combination. Liberally rub the ointment on the chest, throat and back. Cover the areas with a warm cloth. A little ointment may be applied under the nose if desired.
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Author:White, Elaine C.
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Date:Sep 1, 1993
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