Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rendering Beeswax

An incredibly generous friend gifted me with a 55 gallon drum of un-rendered beeswax.

Another generous friend made me a solar still to turn this gloppy mess into pure beeswax for candles and salve making.

If you've never seen un-rendered beeswax, you'll immediately notice it's resemblance to alien intestines.

This picture doesn't quite portray the sticky, gloppy mess that this stuff is, nor can it demonstrate the beautiful beeswaxy smell that surprisingly emanates from it. My friend assures me that with the sun's help this will turn into beautiful beeswax.

Here's the solar still:

How it works, is you place the beeswax mix into the upper portion, close the window top and let the sun melt the mixture. It's melt at different times and the beeswax drips into a container down below. We've only just put the beeswax in, so I'll keep updating on it's progress.

Thanks to Dave and Gabe for making this project possible!


plantainpatch said...

This is so cool! I love the solar still. Thank you for posting this. Your salves will be all the more special.

plantainpatch said...

Hi Rosalee,

I was wondering if you ever use poke? It is an herb that has come up during a lymph problem and I also have a black salve recipe that calls for poke root. I was wondering what your experience with it was.

Thank you!

Rosalee de la Foret said...

I've never used poke - I think of it as more of an eastern plant and I've never seen it around where I live. I know Susun Weed writes about it a lot - if you did a search on her site it would probably pull up a bunch... whatever you do with it, be sure to post it in the HM forums or on your blog so I can read about it. :)

plantainpatch said...

Thank you! I researched Susun's writings, Herbwifery, and lots of the herbals I have here at home and decided to get to know this plant personally.
I plan on digging the root this fall and am using it now to help clear a lymph problem.

I be sure to post something about it.

Dave Sabold said...

Your melter looks very professional. I just slapped mine together farm style: a tilted panel of dark corrugated roofing with 2 x 4 rails and a sheet of glass on top. It works well, though. Just kinda ugly.