We keep our lips pretty busy on a daily basis: eating, sipping, talking, smooching…it’s good stuff! So much so, in fact, that we can find ourselves utterly disturbed by dry, cracked and sore lips due to blistery winter weather.
But don’t slather on the petroleum products! Heal and protect your lips naturally with your very own DIY herbal chapped lip balm recipe. It’s easy to make and works wonders.This recipe includes calendula. The herb can be found in liquid tincture form at most health food stores. It’s got a history of reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing of wounds and a variety of skin conditions.
Healing Herbal Chapped Lip Balm Recipe
1 tablespoon shea or cocoa butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
2 tablespoons beeswax or carnauba wax (vegan option)
30 drops calendula extract
1 teaspoon raw honey or aloe vera gel
5 drops vitamin E oil (optional)
4 drops geranium or chamomile essential oil (or mixture of both; optional)
Shred or grate the wax and place it in a small double boiler pot with the butters, olive oil, jojoba oil and calendula. Gently heat until wax melts, stirring frequently. Add honey or aloe and mix well. Remove from heat and add essential oils and vitamin E. Mix well and pour into containers. Reused small lip balm tins are great as are small glass jars (think marmalades from a recent hotel stay). You can also use a funnel to pour into a used lip balm tube. Leave uncovered until cooled.
You can experiment with the recipe using different carrier oils such as almond, apricot kernel and coconut. Essential oils can also dramatically change a lip balm recipe. Generally though, they can be drying on skin, and are not recommended if you’re battling chapped lips. But once summer rolls around, try spicing it up a bit with citrus or mint scents.