- 1/8 cup coconut oil
- 10 drops vitamin E oil
- 10 drops essential oils (Best oils for wrinkles, fine lines, and bags under the eyes are frankincense, rose, lavender, cypress, and Roman chamomile.)
- Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Transfer to an airtight container for storage
Herbal Lip Balm
- 2 Tbsp beeswax
- 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 colouring like beet root powder, alkanet root powder, hibiscus powder if preferred
- Pour into lip balm tubes and allow to cool – to avoid the hole in your lip balm, try to almost overfill containers.
Directions for making infused oil:
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 saucepan 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.
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).
- Chamomileis an anti-inflammatory herb, helping any irritated skin to calm and be soothed.
- Calendulais 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.
- Hyssopis 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.
- Yarrowis 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.
- Lavenderis 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.
Essential oil precautions
Although essential oils are usually safe for daily use, there are precautions you should adhere to. Test for allergies first, before using any oil. Simply dab a bit on the inside of your wrist and wait for any reaction. Additionally, avoid putting essential oils in your eyes. That means when using essential oils under your eyes, stay away from the lash area. Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oil to the skin. Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin, as they may cause irritation. And of course, if you are pregnant or nursing, avoid using essential oils.