I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and as a result I have amassed quite a collection of wooden spoons and cutting boards. Some are new, some border on antique- they all need some care. I have seen various wood butter or wood conditioner posts floating around for years and finally decided to give one a try. I added lavender due to its antiseptic, antifungal, and other cleansing properties, thinking that it would be a great way to disinfect my wood products. The lemongrass and grapefruit -well I just adore the light citrus scent of them so added them for a little aromatherapy.
You can change up the scents based on whatever essential oils you have on hand. Since we will be using these items for cooking or at least food prep, make sure you use a 100% therapeutic grade of oils. I have lost many of my favorite wooden utensils over the years do to cracking and splitting- no more!
Homemade Wood Conditioner
- 2 tsp. beeswax
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
1. Combine olive oil and beeswax in a small glass container (a 4 oz. mason jar is just the right size).
2. Place jar in a saucepan and fill with water halfway up the sides of jar.
3. Heat over medium low heat until melted.
4. Remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes. Then, stir in essential oils.
5. Allow the mixture to set. Unless refrigerated it will remain slightly soft. I store mine right in the cupboard with my spices, oils, and other ingredients.
Dip a soft cloth into wood conditioner, rub a generous amount over and into wood until absorbed. Repeat every few months to keep your wood in excellent condition.
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