A quick word about beeswax

21 10 2010

I have received a couple of emails recently from people asking where to get beeswax pearls.

Beeswax is an important ingredient in my homemade tiger balm recipe amongst others and the pearls are a convenient way of both obtaining and using it.

You can buy the pearls from most craft shops and a lot of health food stores as well. If you can’t find the pearls or just don’t want to buy them (they can prove to be expensive in some places) then hope isn’t lost.

You can just as easily chop a candle into pieces,making sure it is actually a beeswax candle as most are paraffin now or even better get to know a local beekeeper.

Anyone that is keeping bees should have some beeswax, even if it is just in small quantities and a lot of people just see it as being a by-product of getting their hands on some delicious honey.

Hope this helps anyone that has been struggling to find the pearls or is put off by the cost.

Homemade Tigerbalm

23 03 2010

Well following on from yesterday when I posted my recipe for making Dit Da Jow; I dug out an old notebook and decided to look through and see what other little gems I might have lurking away.

Here is another of my all time favourites that again I haven’t made for ages:Tiger Balm

To make your very own Tiger Balm you will need the following:

3.8 ozs Beeswax pearls

2.4 ozs Menthol Crystals

1/2 oz of Petroleum Jelly

2 ozs Camphor Essential Oil

1 oz of each Clove, Cajeput and Cassia Essential Oils, if you can’t get Cassia you can use Cinnamon essential oil instead

Small metal tins or glass jars (about 4 oz.)

1/16th oz chili extract (capsaicin) – This isn’t strictly needed however I have always added it as it helps with joint pain

Melt the beeswax and petroleum jelly in the pan over very low heat.

Weigh out the menthol crystals and add to pan, the smell off of this may well be overwhelming at first so you might want to open a window.

Stir continuously until melted and then add the chili extract if using. Once the extract  is all mixed in, remove from heat and add the essential oils, make sure that they are incorporated well and pour into tins, then all you have to do is leave it to harden.

Once your tigerbalm has had time to harden and cool it can be used straight away, however I have experienced better results when it has been allowed to mature for a while  first.

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