DIY Peppermint Chapstick

We thought it would be really cool if we could use beeswax from our resident bees. The beekeeper, Todd Waltz, helped us out and donated beeswax that the little workers made.  We grew calendula flowers and made an infused oil.  Calendula oil is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.  We purified the wax, melted it down and combined it with our calendula oil and some peppermint oil to make chapstick.

Here is the recipe: 1/4 cup beeswax, 1 cup calendula infused oil, 20-25 drops peppermint oil

Melt the beeswax using a double boiler (or some form of).  Strain calendula oil to remove flowers.  Combine.  Adding the room temperature oil may re-solidify the wax.  If this happens, dissolve it again to get a homogenous liquid.  Add peppermint oil.  Mix and pour into tubes or containers of choice.  It will harden quickly as it cools.  

 

 

 Dried calendula flowers grown in the Soil&Water garden.

Dried calendula flowers grown in the Soil&Water garden.

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 Calendula oil: Strained the oil using a coffee pour over and filter

Calendula oil: Strained the oil using a coffee pour over and filter

 Room temperature oil added to melted wax.  It solidified immediately so we had to melt it again.  

Room temperature oil added to melted wax.  It solidified immediately so we had to melt it again.  

 The mixture stayed liquid long enough to fill the containers but then hardened quickly.

The mixture stayed liquid long enough to fill the containers but then hardened quickly.

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