January 29, 2016


Wood Balm :: Recipe

Once you start buying beeswax candles, there's a lovely leftover bit of beeswax that begins to pile up. You save every extra hardened drip of wax, in a little bag, tucked away in a wooden drawer... You do not throw away beeswax! 

And then one day you notice that your cutting board needs some care. That your favorite spoon, made of olive wood, could use some conditioning, and to top it off, it's winter, and your hands are AWFULLY--HORRIBLY dry.

This recipe is for you! I don't think you can run out and buy this most awesome, amazing wood balm. Can you? If so, it's probably expensive. I keep mine in a glass mason jar, along with my other cleaning supplies, and it takes just a tiny bit of time to make.

  • 1 part beeswax (chopped with a knife, broken with your hands, or grated--I use about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 parts olive oil (or coconut, jojoba, or mineral oil--they all work--I use about 1 cup)

Heat the beeswax in a double boiler type of pan, or simply over very low heat. Heat  s l o w l y, until it's melted.

Pour in the olive oil, also slowly, stirring as you go. If the beeswax hardens a bit, no worries, just leave the low heat on until it's all melted and happy to be together. Stir.

Once both the beeswax and oil are melted together, turn off the heat, and stir with a wooden spoon. 

Stir about every five or ten minutes as it's cooling. It will change from melted liquid, to a lovely, moussy-texture. Once it's cool-ish, take a rubber spatula and transfer the balm into your glass jar and close with a lid. Spread the residue from the spatula onto your hands, just because you should...

That's it. The balm will stay good for ages.

As a side note--this is the varnish that I put on my pine needle creations. I simply heat the balm back to a liquid, paint it all over the baskets or trivets, then bake the balm into the needles in my little oven. It seals the needles and helps make the basket water-resistant, and once it's baked, there is little residue left, just a naturally lovely, handmade creation...

Cheers, friends!

Published: January 29, 2016 | Filed under: Home

Comments (9)
Michelle McCallum said:
January 29, 2016 @ 2:07 PM

Fantastic! My dad made me a beautiful, thick, large cutting board for Christmas a few years ago and this is exactly what I need. Thanks!

jane g meyer replied:
January 29, 2016 @ 3:14 PM

I bet it must be lovely, Michelle. What a wonderful gift...

Elizabeth said:
January 29, 2016 @ 2:32 PM

that's really lovely!

jane g meyer replied:
January 29, 2016 @ 3:15 PM

Thanks, Elizabeth :)

Kh. Tammy said:
January 29, 2016 @ 3:40 PM

You are totally amazing! You are just amazing! Keep up teaching me things in your beautiful way!

jane g meyer replied:
January 30, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

You are amazing. Love to you, Kh. Tammy!

Coral said:
January 30, 2016 @ 11:45 AM

...lovely, I never know what to do with the beeswax scraps! Jane, thank you again for my Christmas package of your hand knitted, lined Saettle-Grey-and-Yellow stripey bag. We all LOVE it. I especially love it. Mostly because you made it and so it is a little token of your artistic, practical, beauty-loving aesthetic and sisterhood in my home every day. Many thanks across the miles, Coral

jane g meyer replied:
January 30, 2016 @ 12:37 PM

What a sweet comment, Coral. Sending you a hug across the miles...

Emmie said:
April 11, 2016 @ 7:21 AM

I am going to enjoy making this! Thank you so much.

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