This winter has been dry. I always have a lip balm in my purse, pocket, car, kitchen, bed side…you get the picture. 🙂 We need to take care of our lips. I mean, they’re right there in the middle of your face and just shouldn’t be neglected. That’s why this DIY Herbal Lip Balm Recipe is great. It’s easy, frugal, and is very healing due to the herbal ingredients and oils used.
A number of you already make your own lip balm. Some of you even add color to make your own lipstick, or even lip gloss! This is an easy next step. By steeping your oils in certain herbs you can make your favorite lip balm recipe and kick it’s value up 10 notches.
Herbs to Use:
Information from the Herbal Academy of New England.
Use any combination of the herbs below (or if you only have one, that’s ok too).
- Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory herb, helping any irritated skin to calm and be soothed.
- Calendula is highly recommended because it is a powerful wound and tissue healer. This will speed up the healing of any cracks or splits. It also soothes the pain associated with cracked lips.
- Hyssop is another option. I started growing some in your garden last year. It is beautiful and smells great (it’s in the mint family). It is also an anti-inflammatory and healing herb.
- Yarrow is a healing herb (making it great to have around the house). It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helps dull the pain of sore lips.
- Lavender is well known for its calming and soothing effects. But it is also anti-bacterial and an antiseptic. So, don’t feel that it’s not enough. Lavender, along with the shea butter is a great combination.
Where to Get the Herbs
- Grow them and dry them yourself. Definitely my number one choice. You will know how they were grown, where the seeds are from, and how they were dried. Plus, it’s easy and very frugal!
- Amazon sells dried herbs – an affiliate, but most of us know we can find most everything there.
- Starwest Botanicals– also an affiliate, but that’s because they are a wonderful company with a huge variety of great products.
DIY Herbal Lip Balm Recipe
- 2 Tbsp bees wax
- 1 Tbsp cocoa butter
- 1 Tbsp shea butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp herb infused oil (see instructions below)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil or oil of choice *optional*
- In a double boiler (or I like to use a large glass measuring cup in a saucepan with water), add beeswax and cocoa butter, stirring until melted.
- Add shea and coconut oil and stir until melted.
- Remove from heat and add herb infused oil and essential oil.
- Add any coloring like beet root powder, alkanet root powder, hibiscus powder, etc.
- Pour into lip balm tubes and allow to cool - to avoid the hole in your lip balm, try to almost overfill containers.
Option 1: cover fresh or dried herbs in oil (olive, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil). Make sure they are covered in the oil, place lid on the jar and let sit in a window for 2-3 weeks. Strain and keep oil in a cool, dark place.
Option 2 (faster): Place oil in a sauce pan with herbs (enough to cover). Turn burner on LOW. You do not want to fry your herbs, just to speed the process of the herbs releasing their oils and goodness. When oil is hot, turn off and remove from burner. Let sit for 24 hours, then strain herbs. Keep oil in a cool, dark place.