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Orange Vanilla Honey Lip Balm

This recipe for homemade lip balm will make approximately four small containers of lip.

4 tablespoons of olive oil or grapeseed oil

1 tablespoon of grated beeswax

1 Drop of honey

1/4 teaspoon of vitamin D oil or three punctured liquid vitamin D capsules

7 drops of orange essential oil

2 drops of vanilla extract

In a double boiler warm the 4 tablespoons of oil with the grated beeswax. Warm over low heat slowly.
Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in essential oil, vitamin E and vanilla extract. Set the container in a shallow pan of ice water and continue to whisk as you add a drop of honey. Once the honey is blended, quickly transfer the lip balm to your containers. Let set for three hours.




Honey Extraction and Wax Rendering

Over the past two weekends we have extracted honey from the beehives. We extracted four supers of honey-yielding about 10 gallons of honey. After rendering the wax cappings we had 26 oz of beeswax.

To render the beeswax I use a crock pot.

Rendering the wax  was is done by melt the cappings in a crock pot on low heat with water. I let the wax melt and then skim out the debris from the surface of the wax with a wire strainer. The crock pot is then turned off and the wax hardens on top of the water.


The wax comes out of the crock pot in disks.


Here I put the debris in a cup for you to see. It contains propolis, bee parts and pollen,


Repeat the rendering process to further clean the wax by braking up the disks and placing in a nylon sock.

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Once the wax has melted the remove the nylon sock and then turn off the crock pot. The sock captures all the debris that was not removed before.

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This process can be repeated until the wax is clean.