My poor boys! Every year the cold, dry air of winter makes their lip chap until they bleed. I am hoping that a batch of this lip balm will help their poor dry lips.
Spearmint Lip Balm
- 5 Tablespoons of oil. I used grapeseed oil infused with Plantain (Plantago spp.), Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis), and Calendula (Calendula officinalis).
- 1 Tablespoon of Castor Oil. Castor oil will make your lips shine. It also penetrates the skin to better distrubute the healing constituents of the herbs used in the infused oil.
- 1 Tablespoon of beeswax
- 15 drops of spearmint essential oil.
This recipe should make 12 tubes of lip balm or 11 if your hands shake while you are pouring.
- An empty cardboard egg carton.
- A small knife
- Two pots that can be used to create a double boiler. I have a separate set of pots I use when using beeswax because beeswax can be very hard to clean.
- A stove or hot plate.
- A spoon for mixing. I save the plastic spoons from fast food meals that can be tossed so I don’t have to spend hours cleaning off beeswax.
- Containers for the lip balm. You can recycle the tubes from lip balm but they can be hard to clean. Small tins and jars can also be used. For this project, I ordered new containers from Mountain Rose Herbs.
- Labels (optional) and adhesive label paper. I based my labels on a template I found online printed on full-page sticker paper.
- Rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad
- Packing tape (optional).
Flip the egg carton upside down and cut a cross into the top of each cell.
Remove the tops from each lip balm tube and place a tube in each cell.
- Combine the infused oil and the castor oil in one pot. Place that pot into a larger pot full of water to create a double boiler.
- Gently heat the double boiler over low heat. DO NOT BOIL or even simmer. The oils only need to be warm enough to melt the wax.
- Add the beeswax and stir until the wax is fully melted.
- Remove from heat and add 15 drops of spearmint essential oil
- Pour the oil and beeswax mixture into the tubes.
Allow to cool.
When the lip balm has cooled, remove the tubes from the egg carton.
Clean the tubes with a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol
Apply the labels, if using. I covered the labels with packing tape to protect the label from moisture.
All done! I hope it helps keep my boys’ lips safe from the dry winter air.