Bee’s Wax Candles & Crafts
Bee’s wax is a “going green” candle wax compared to the rest out there. Be careful with scented candles, as there are toxic, they can give you headaches because you’re burning them usually in a closed in area (your home). At what price to our health are we paying, trying to make our home smell good? Bee’s wax candles do not emit black smoke when blown out, unlike candles made of synthetic wax. That makes them and environmentally friendly choice. They may be more expensive but the aroma is so wonderful, and they are not harmful to breathe like other synthetic scented candles. The honey scent is so pleasant that they are used during relaxation activities like meditation, yoga or a bubble bath. Bee-wax candles burn brighter than the synthetic ones and molten wax does not flow down the candle stick.
Honey Bee Wax is as natural a product as you can get – when the honey bee produces 10 pounds of honey, it yields 1 pound of wax. If beeswax is heated above 85 °C (185 °F) discoloration occurs. The bee’s wax can also be used for lubricant for drawers and windows or as a wood polish. It is used for writing on batik eggs in Eastern Europe in egg decoration. It’s also used ceremoniously in parts of the world as the “Easter candle”, as well as having hundreds of other uses.
My sister made these Christmas tree ornaments out of Bee’s wax in Angel moulds. They are very fragrant, smelling like honey of course. You almost want to take a bite of one when you decorate the tree!
A great gift set for anyone who enjoys a cup of tea. I always have a jar of pure peppermint leaves, add your boiled water and 1 tsp of honey, sip & enjoy! You can put this together for under $10. If you want to spend more add a jar of honey.
Peppermint Leaves are a “stomach healer” if anyone you know suffers from stomach cramps or heartburn, or digestive problems it makes a perfect heartfelt gift. It’s a great stress buster and promotes relaxation. It can relieve a migraine, ease an upset stomach and control bad breath.
Candied Cocoa Jars. Fill 2/3rds full with powdered hot chocolate mix, then add a layer of crushed peppermint candy canes and stuff full to the top with tiny marshmallows. Decorate your Mason jar with fabric and a ribbon and you have instant Christmas Gifts – made from your kitchen, with love.
Once of the loveliest ways to add some fall spice to your home and connect to nature is by making your own potpourri. Here are some easy steps to fill your space with the fragrance of fall.
- About 5 cups worth of natural products (see #1)
- 1/3 cup of cinnamon sticks
- 1/3 cup of whole cloves
- 1/3 cup of whole nutmeg
- 1 cup of dried orange peels
- Essential oils of your choice
- Star Anise
- Air tight container
1. Go on a nature walk and find interesting things along the way. Some of the best items for this include fallen pine cones, acorns, small twigs, pretty leaves, or other hard objects.
2. Peel a few oranges (or save the peels over a few days) and collect them when they are completely dry. You can speed this process by microwaving them for about 3 min and then letting them cool and dry for a couple of days.
4. Lightly sprinkle your essential oil on your pine cones, they will retain the aroma.
3. Store in a glass jar in which you can remove the lid to allow the smells to penetrate the air when you want to. It makes a beautiful centerpiece when you add a candle to the middle of it.
In a small saucepan, fill half with water and add:
– a few slices of orange.
– a few slices of lemon.
– a few slices of apple.
– Cinnamon Sticks.
– Star Anise.
– about a dozen whole cloves.
Simmer on low heat all day – keep topping it up with water if needed.
You can refrigerate over night and re-use it again. The only downfall
is it will drive your husband crazy as he thinks you are baking something for him!
Chocolate dipped spoons – Gift mugs wrapped and ready for your hot cocoa!
Bird seed and melted suet – stuffed into pinecones for those bird loving friends!
Who doesn’t love fudge? Make mini ones or wrap a whole Yule log to slice…
Turkey Soup additions – to add to your stock and meat – prepackaged with instructions!
Salsa – combine a few different canning combinations and make a basket of love from the Kitchen!
Make your favorite wine into Jelly – serve it with cream cheese and crackers at your next party or wrap them up for family & friends!
SPICED APPLE PIE MOONSHINE
1 quart of 150 proof corn whiskey moonshine
3 cans of frozen apple concentrate
8 cinnamon sticks
4 anise star
1 cup of brown sugar
3 drops of liquid smoke – optional (gives it a smokey wood fired apple pie taste.)
Boil the apple concentrate, brown sugar and all spices in a pot stirring frequently, then cover and simmer on very low for 1 hour. Remove from heat – strain spices out and allow to cool to room temperature. Split this sweet mixture into 4 pint jars, top the jars off with the 100- 150 proof corn whiskey or moonshine and close the lids. Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor anytime.
HONEY LIME VINAIGRETTE
In a jar mix Juice of 1 lime, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1/2 cup of honey, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp fresh finely ground black pepper. Shake well and distribute into salad dressing bottles.
MERLOT INFUSED SEA SALT
Use a 1/2 litre of your favorite Merlot. Simmer in a pan until it’s reduced to a sticky goo on the bottom of the pan without burning it. Remove from heat and toss in 2 cups of coarse sea salt and stir until all the salt is evenly coated with the merlot. It shouldn’t be sticky or clumpy – if it is add more salt. Next spread it out onto a large cookie sheet and place in a 175 degree oven to dry out slowly. Stir every half an hour until the salt is dry and no longer wanting to stick together (usually a few hours) Enjoy!
ONE SHOT VANILLA
Save all those little mini bottles you get on your bottles at the liquor store and make vanilla out of them. Great little gifts and very handy for the baker in you! I make about 10 at a time so I can use a 10 pack of (on average small skinny) vanilla sticks all at once. Cut the vanilla sticks into 2 or 3 pieces (whatever fits in the bottle and is completely covered with the alcohol) and put one stick in each bottle. Place in a dark spot (inside cabinet) for at least 6 months (shake them every once and a while) if you do this every time you collect enough mini bottles you will have vanilla to last you a lifetime. My favorite flavors are Dark Rum’s, but you can make many varieties into vanilla flavor, whiskey, vodka, rye….I would avoid Gin. Experiment and have fun!
Goodies to come….
Herbal Tea (for other combinations for ailments see our Apothecary/Herbal Remedies Section)
Star & Moon Herbal Cookies
Shaker of Spice Seasoning