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Lemon Oil is a better preservative and you can use Old English scratch cover polish to hide the scratches.
Old English is widely available as is lemon oil
Lemon oil is not a wax it's an oil. It doesn't "harden" on the wood. It's been used for generations on fine furniture. If the wood is dirty you can use Murphy's Oil Soap but if it isn't dirty you don't have to clean it. If you want to maintain the soft natural finish then urethane is not a good idea.