- A microwave or heat source
- Some heat-resistant bowls or glassware. I like Pyrex measuring cups
- Herb infused oil
- Dried herbs or essential oils (optional)
- Clean containers (I recommend glass and tin over plastic, but use what you want)
- Vitamin e or rosehip oil (optional)
Now before you get excited and ready to make this, you may have to wait. For the best results, you are going to need some infused oil. This is really easy to make, and you can do it two ways. Go HERE to see how I make my infused oils.
Great...now you have your infused oil. So we are ready to begin!
You can heat up this ointment two different ways. You can use a microwave with microwave safe glassware or you can set up a double-broiler. Either works fine, I've done it both ways.
Grab your beeswax and grate away. I like making bigger batches, so you need to grate one cupful (lightly packed). Put the beeswax into a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup. You can buy pastilles of beeswax so you don't have to grate the beeswax, but where is the fun in that. Go ahead and use the largest holes on your grater, saves you some time and some energy.
Add 1 cup of your herb infused oil directly over the beeswax.
Now you can add some vitamin e oil or rosehip oil. Just a few drops for their healing properties if you have them.
If you are going to microwave your concoction, do so in little increments. Start with maybe one minute, check the to see if the beeswax melted, and add 30 seconds until its mostly melted. You can stir the melted goodness and this should help melt some pieces of beeswax if they are being stubborn.
If you are going to use the stove to set up a double-broiler, make sure the water doesn't get too hot and you want to stir you concoction pretty regularly until everything is melted.
Now that you have a golden, sweet and waxy smelling potion, go ahead and add you essential oils. You don't need a lot, maybe 10-15 drops. Remember, essential oils can be potent!
You can add your dried herbs now as well. You don't have to, but they can make the ointment look so pretty! Mix everything well, and when you think its all blended you're ready to bottle.
Use caution when pouring the hot potion into the containers, it can burn you (I know from experience!). Set the containers on a heat-safe surface and allow to cool completely before putting the lid on it. You probably want to label what goodness is inside and what the date was. The ointment should be good for one year (or longer, just check it hasn't gone rancid or something).
You are good to go!
Now enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Until next time,