Soothing Lip Balm

Lips All Natural Soothing Balm, my own lip balm!

Lips All Natural Soothing Balm, my lip balm!

Soothing lip balm is a must have, simply must have it available all the time.

Addicted? To lip balm? Really? Personally, I don’t think that using lip balm can be addicting. The behavior can be compulsive, but lip balm is not a substance you get addicted to. I  talking about the natural products, not the Carmex, Blistex and other chemical crap storms whipped up into a lip balm like substance. In my opinion, since the balm is going onto the lips, the ingredients shouldn’t be petroleum or chemical based.

Since I use it all the time, I am very aware of what the ingredients of my lip balms are. Additionally I also realize the premium lip balms also cost a pretty penny. But now, I make them at home and have a huge supply of soothing lip balm for the cost of what one of the other tubes used to cost.

Some balms have things that make your lips tingle. These can be more drying than they are hydrating. Lips have a thin skin, and they do not have sweat glands. This means lips need to be moisturized. Licking your lips, as everyone knows, is commonly reserved for drooling over food. It is one action that can chap your lips quicker than anything. Stop licking your lips!

Supposedly, using peppermint and other mints in balm, attracts more blood to the area thus causing a “plumping” effect. Not quite as much as jabbing a needle full of plumping materials into your lips. But you certainly won’t end up looking like a platypus or have duck-bill lips. Just nice fresh, kissable lips that would taste good too.

Who doesn’t want that?

(Sorry Burt’s Bees, I’m moving on to Lips!)

A note about tubes: buy the ones that have the “elevator screw” in them so the balm is easy to use.

Buy the tubes with the elevator screw inside them.

Buy the tubes with the elevator screw inside them.

Simple Formula for Soothing Lip Balm

Over a double boiler, melt the beeswax. Once melted, add the remaining oils and butters, not the essential oils.

Melt the beeswax. Add the remaining ingredients. The wax will firm up again. Just keep warming everything until it all melts together. Add essential oils after removing from heat.

Melt the beeswax. Add the remaining ingredients. The wax will firm up again. Just keep warming everything until it all melts together. Add essential oils after removing from heat.

Fill lip balm tubes to the top. Allow the tubes to cool, then cap, label and enjoy!

Fill lip balm tubes to the top. Allow the tubes to cool, then cap, label and enjoy!

Stir until everything is melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the essential oils; mix well.

Pour into tubes or tins, allow to cool before moving it around too much.

Steady lip balm tubes in something to keep them all standing upright

Steady lip balm tubes in something to keep them all standing upright

This will make about 10-16 tubes of balm that will keep for about a year in a cool dry place.

This formula comes from Rosalee de la Forêt of learning Herbs.com, LLC

Hints and Tips:

When you melt the beeswax, use a dedicated stainless or glass bowl or mason jar. The reason is, it is very difficult to remove all the beeswax from the melting vessel.

If you dedicate tools and utensils for making balms and salves, you won’t have to worry so much about ruining things you use for food.

I bought a small hand mixer to use for lotions and body butters so I don’t have to use my stand mixer.

Line your filling area with parchment or a paper towel to catch any spills or drips. It makes clean up so easy!

Getting ready to make lip balm

Getting ready to make lip balm

Add the essential oils after melting everything. This is so the oils aren’t released by the heat and are retained instead.

Use a glass measuring cup with a pour spout to fill tubes and tins easily.

This balm with Eucalyptus and Lemon Balm is a soothing, healing formula. Perfect for those dry winter days ahead. If you want to change-up the properties a bit, use peppermint essential oil, vanilla extract or any other flavor or scent you would like.

Keep in mind these go on your lips so you be tasting it too. I find adding honey makes the lip balm sticky and while I love honey, I’m not so fond of it, either flavor or feeling wise, on my lips.

Where can you buy tubes or tins?

Go here; Bulk Apothecary and search for your favorite tube or tin. They also sell supplies so stock up while you’re browsing!

Please let me know how you like the balm. It is my new favorite!

In My Kitchen, December 2013

Amazing how quickly this year has passed. I want to express gratitude to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this wonderful series of In My Kitchen glimpses from around the world. It is fascinating to see what is different and what we all have in common.

Being the first of December, it is time to start using the “holiday china”.

Lenox Holiday China

Lenox Holiday China

I  use it the entire month of December and put it all away on New Years Eve. Actually, the china gets pulled out while putting away Thanksgiving dishes. That’s because we seem to use every dish in the house for Thanksgiving and while everything is out of the cabinets, it’s easy to reach the holiday stuff before replacing everything we just used.

I’ve been studying “The Taste of Herbs” course and have been ordering many herbs for the exercises. The ‘homework’ has resulted in making some of my favorite lip balm. I’m one who can’t leave home without lip balm. It’s always in my pocket. Since it is something that goes on the lips, it is also ingested so I prefer using all natural products.

Lips All Natural Soothing Balm, my own lip balm!

Lips All Natural Soothing Balm, my lip balm! Yes, I actually made it.

And wouldn’t you know, it can get expensive and not always ‘perfect’. So one of the assignments was this lip balm. I ordered the tubes online and made a small batch. This stuff is amazing. It is my new go to solution for all my lip balm emergency needs.

Ever made Chai  at home from scratch, rather than bought tea bags?

Homemade Chai Spiced Tea

Homemade Chai Spiced Tea

Well, if you want a home with an amazing aroma, and an entire body warming that feels like a great big bear hug, you’ve got to try making your own. I simmer the concoction in a crock pot on low either overnight or during the day. If you simmer it on the stove top, it is ready to sip and feel dreamy after an hour.

We’ve been enjoying using my tea pots and tea cups. They were in storage for so long, it’s nice to be using them again.

Cups and pots on the shelf

Cups and pots on the shelf

Each day we make at least two pots, one traditional orange pekoe black tea and an herbal tea. We sip them both hot or cold, sometimes we need to make more, depending how cold it is outside.

I am gearing up for Christmas with gifts and cookies from my kitchen.

A plate of Christmas Cookies

A plate of Christmas Cookies

I’ll be doing posts on ideas and things as the month progresses. I refuse to be part of the shopping hoards, just refuse. I need to be practical though because how many would actually appreciate a bottle of Burdock Root Tincture?

A pile of herbal supplies

A pile of herbal supplies