Beeswax is the one non-organic product I use in my practice. I use it to make a hand cream with organic olive oil and essential oils. However I see it as better for the planet to use beeswax from my own bees rather than import organic wax. I would have to do this as nowhere in Britain is it possible to have a six mile radius around which all the land is certified organic and this is what would be required to get organic certification for my beeswax or honey for that matter.

So I go for what I think of as the best option. No chemicals are used to treat the bees in my hives but I can not tell them where to forage and I am sure that they do go for the oil seed rape when it is in bloom most years. One year they didn’t. I could tell this by the fact that the honey was still liquid eight weeks after putting it in jars. Oil seed rape honey is one that if you don’t get it out quickly it sets solid in the comb.

Beeswax is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an emulsifier which enables it to be used as a thickening agent in foods. Traditionally it has been used on minor burns and for a number of skin conditions ranging from eczema to acne.

I will be selling the hand cream/skin balm I make using my beeswax at Seedy Sunday on 24th January at Trumpington Village Hall.

If you want to buy some of the handcream, and are unable to make the event email or phone 07939 273 569