Homemade Honey Hand Salve: Use this basic recipe and your favorite ingredients to create a personalized salve that's perfectly suited to your skin.
While on my journey to teach myself one new homesteading skill each week for a year, I focused on beekeeping during August. I bought a Bee Gym to help rid my hive of varroa mites, and watched it go wrong. Heartbroken, I scraped away problematically placed burr comb that was full of bee larvae, but I learned that I may have actually done my bees a favor by ridding the hive of the mites that would have reproduced in those same cells. And while I didn't expect catching a swarm to be one of the skills I learned, half my bees decided they'd had enough of me and were leaving the hive. But I Add more oil to the mix for a caught those troublemakers and put them in a new home.
Through these trials, I made sure products gathered from my hives didn't go to waste. When my bees weren't able to make enough honey to share, I tagged along with my mentor at his apiary to see how he removed supers and extracted honey from his frames. Back at my own hive, I learned how to render honeycomb into clean and pure beeswax, which I use to make hand salve and lip balm. The resulting honey salve is the best, least expensive hand moisturizer you'll ever use.
Beeswax: I use 1 part beeswax to 4 parts oil. If you like a softer salve for your hands, add more oil. If you like a harder salve, use more wax. Experiment to determine the best consistency for your skin.
Oils: Coconut oil is the latest darling of the beauty world, but I prefer extra-virgin olive oil because it doesn't clog my pores, works wonders on dry skin, and is easily absorbed. I use a combination of olive and jojoba oils; the latter has natural anti-inflammatory properties. If you don't like olive or jojoba oil, you can substitute coconut, sweet almond, avocado, or another favorite oil.
Honey: I add a dash of honey to my salve for its healing and antimicrobial properties.
Essential oils: Not only do essential oils smell amazing, but each has unique properties that can improve your skin. Since I'm prone to getting cuts and scrapes, I benefit from lavender's healing properties. Other skin-friendly essential oils you could choose include calendula, geranium, patchouli, and sandalwood.
Directions: Melt the wax and oil together on low heat, stirring continuously.
Once melted, remove from heat, add honey and essential oils, and stir until blended.
Pour mixture into a container of your choice to set.
And there you have it: an inexpensive, all-natural, ultra-moisturizing alternative to store-bought hand salve.
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Kimberlee Bastien is an author, blogger, and self-taught homesteader who lives in Canada with her husband and children. Follow their self-sufficiency adventures at www.TheOldWalshFarm.com.
Caption: Add more oil to the mix for a softer hand salve, or more beeswax for a firmer final consistency.
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