Wooden Mala beads

by Shanti

I have wooden mala beads that I have worn since
1974. Can you suggest what oil to use to polish them?
Someone suggested pure coconut oil. Does that seem ok to you?
Thanking you in advance for your time and suggestions.


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Mar 31, 2011
Mala beads
by: Shanti

Hi Anne,
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. I appreciate that you posted it on your website - other people might have a similar question.
After I wrote you I called one more person - & they suggested organic coconut oil - which I have - so I used that & the beads seem very happy. I will use the olive oil next - just as an experiment.
I wear my mala often, so I am glad there is a simple solution to keeping the beads healthy!

Blessings on the journey,

Mar 30, 2011
Wooden Mala beads
by: Anne Cecilie

Hi Shanti,
Thank you for posting this question. I searched around a bit on-line and it seems that you can use olive oil or Lemon oil to polish and protect the beads. Since they are wood, they may dry out and crack, so treating them with oil is probably a good thing to do. If your beads are from aromatic wood, like sandal wood, rose wood, ginger wood or basil wood, I would think olive oil would be the best in order not to disturb the aroma of the wood.

You probably know this already, but you should also keep them in a soft pouch and not wear them frequently around your wrist, both for respect and

I hope I have managed to give you the right answer to your question. If you still are in doubt, you could search for the particular wood your beads are made from, and see if you can find recommended treatments for it.

I wish you all the best, and good luck!

Anne Cecilie

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