Thursday, December 9, 2010

Beeswax fun

In an effort to increase the likelihood that I will become certifiably crazy I made a rule a couple of years ago that our children must give their aunts, uncles, and grandparents Christmas gifts.
And that these gifts must be homemade.
The reasoning was that everyone increased their gift giving as we increased our family.
The homemade part just felt right.
In reality this means that This Mom spends frantic hours brainstorming ideas and then creating gifts. If she's lucky she can think of a way to incorporate the kids into the actual process. Actually, that may or may not be lucky.
Don't worry
Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents are the only people who are gifted homemade.
But approximately 75% of them read the blog from time to time so this is a taste of the homemade stress goodness.
This is for Ren Man.
He doesn't read the blog unless instructed to listen as it is read to him.
So I think I'm safe in sharing this concoction.
The problem is that he gets congested.
It's a cold.
Or it's allergies.
Or it's both.
I see people who procreate and think: don't they see that they have mental illness in both sides of their families or diabetes or, or or...
Well, no one is perfect.
Ren Man brings congestion to the gene pool (which I think Ark Boy has taken it upon himself to continue in that same goopy-snottiness).
So a chest rub seemed like a good idea for him.
First step: find appropriate glassware to hold said rub.


Next soak jar to remove label.


Clean jar


I chose to use sesame oil as a carrier for the eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils.


heating up the oils to mix with the heated beeswax


heated beeswax (this was purchased with the intention of making beeswax candles that was a big f.a.i.l - seemed like a good way to use some of the beeswax was to make a rub).


The beeswax/oil mixture cooling in the jar.


Gets creamier in color as it cools.


Ren Man is impossibly hard around gift giving/receiving. I think this one will be a hit given the usefulness and the fact that we had a lot of the supplies already on hand.

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