Extracting wax and oil
Toddy recently mentioned getting some wax from boiling up dried Juniper berries. This caused me tho think about sources of waxes and oils from plants in the UK.
I thought that waxy leaves from my garden might have some wax so I boiled up some dry/ brown laurel leaves for 20 minutes. No sign of a result, so I then pressure cooked them for 20. No result again. Does this mean that there was no wax, or that the wax did not melt at the temperatures achieved, or that the wax was not released from the cells?
Apple skin seems waxy. Would it be worth trying with that?
Richard, London, UK
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