I can’t quite remember who first introduced me to the idea of making my own DIY Egyptian Magic. It may have been Meredith, it could have been a reader. It seems my memory isn’t that great on this one. Anyhow, it was a great idea. As with many of the more natural products out there, I was floored by the cost, especially considering the ingredients, which are all pretty easy to get. So, in the midst of an extreme dry spell, I whipped up a batch of my own, and it’s fantastic.

Make your own Egyptian Magic

There are only six ingredients in the original Egyptian Magic—olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, bee propolis, and royal jelly. I opted to eliminate royal jelly as I don’t have any. Royal jelly is rich in vitamins and minerals, and I’d happily add it in the future whenever I get around to purchasing some. In the meantime, the resulting balm is still perfectly lovely without it.

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The bulk of the balm is olive oil that’s been thickened with beeswax. I chose to use a chamomile infused olive oil for a calming and anti-inflammatory boost, but you can feel free to use plain olive oil if that’s all you’ve got.

Make your own Egyptian Magic

Make your own Egyptian Magic

The special bits of the balm are the raw honey, bee pollen, and the bee propolis. I used raw local honey from a nearby Hutterite apiary. Raw honey hasn’t been heated and pasteurized, so its still full of beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins. You don’t have to go very far to find somebody who swears by the stuff for everything from zits to burns to colds (and baking, of course).

Make your own Egyptian Magic
Make your own Egyptian Magic

Bee pollen is flat out loaded with vitamins. It’s high in proteins and amino acids, and said to help with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It’s also a great dietary supplement.

Make your own Egyptian Magic
Make your own Egyptian Magic

Bee propolis is a complex resinous substance gathered by bees that basically resin and essential oils sourced from nearby plants and trees. They use this awesome substance for a wide variety of things, including sealing up small holes in the hive and preventing putrefaction. Studies have shown it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. To use raw propolis, which looks like dirt clods, you’ll need to turn it into a tincture using some clear grain alcohol. You can also buy it in ready to use tincture form.

Make your own Egyptian Magic
Make your own Egyptian Magic

The resulting Egyptian Magic balm is thick and creamy. It’s not at all sticky from the honey, and sinks in beautifully, leaving the skin soft and supple. It’s a great natural treatment for small cuts and blemishes, and it makes a tasty and effective lip balm. This recipe will fill a 30mL/1oz tin, making it perfect for carrying about (which is great, because you’ll want to have this awesome balm on hand all the time).

Make your own Egyptian Magic
Make your own Egyptian Magic

DIY Egyptian Magic

37g| 1.3oz chamomile infused olive oil (or plain olive oil)
10g | 0.35oz beeswax

5g | 0.17oz raw honey
½ tsp ground bee pollen
40 drops bee propolis tincture (or make your own)

Weigh the olive oil and beeswax into together in a small saucepan and melt together over low heat, reserving a teaspoon or two of the olive oil.

Whisk the honey in a small bowl, slowly blending in the pollen, propolis, and reserved olive oil. I found the extra moisture from the propolis tincture helped incorporate all the pollen. You’ll need to whisk very thoroughly to ensure the olive oil emulsifies into the honey.

Once the olive oil and beeswax have melted, remove them from the heat and let cool, stirring, until you have an opaque, creamy substance. Transfer the honey mixture to the pot and vigorously whisk everything together. The reason we have to let the oils cool before adding them to the honey is so we don’t cook the honey, destroying the enzymes.

When the mixture is thoroughly mixed and emulsified, pour it into a small 30mL/1oz tin and chill in the fridge (I found this helped with any potential separation).

Use on skin, lips, blemishes, and small boo-boos. Enjoy your very own Egyptian Magic!

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