Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Homemade 'Honey Bee' Cream

As mentioned before, my daughter has very bad excema. In my stumblings to identify healthy skin potions that don't cost a fortune, I read a research paper that suggested putting a 1:1:1 mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil on people's skin. I have no idea how they made that work because said mixture is basically a solid. However, with some trial and error I have developed the following recipe

1 part by weight Beeswax, grated
5 to 6 parts by weight high-quality, organic olive oil
1 part raw Honey. There might be a benefit to using local honey, which is what I did.

Put the grated wax and the olive oil in a microwave safe dish and heat. I heat in 30 second increments and stir in between. Do this until the wax is completely dissolved in the oil. Then stir and stir and stir while the mixture cools down. When it's not super hot anymore, add the honey. Then keep stirring for a while, until the mix becomes more solid and cream-like. Put in a jar. This probably won't keep forever. I keep meaning to add a small amount of Vitamin E for prolonging shelf-life but alas, I haven't done this yet.

My daughter goes through phases where she likes this cream and other where she claims it hurts her. This is true for all creams we have tried so far. So if you're struggling with excema, I figure it's worth a shot. If you're looking for a really nice hand-cream (useful as gift, too!) - you got it. I bet you could add some essential oil if you're not blessed with sensitive skin.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of local honey. I can't wait to try this out once the farmer's market opens and I have access to it again. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I appreciate it.