Herbal Cosmetics! Make Your Own Lip Balm

Autumn windy weather is fast approaching and if you are susceptible to dry, sore and chapped lips, a simple homemade nourishing lip balm, free from all preservatives and additives may be just the perfect solution.

This recipe takes just a couple of minutes and you can experiment and enjoy different aromas and flavours. I like to use a base of Calendula oil (see recipe below) or you can always use sweet almond oil or a good quality cold pressed olive oil.

Calendula, also known as Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is a wonderful herb with healing, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It is just perfect for soothing dry, irritated chapped lips. A good local honey that has anti-septic and healing properties and will act as a preservative. A drop of lovely Rose (Rose otto) essential oil will help lift the mood with it’s gentle floral scent or try a citrisy zingy lemon or orange essential oil. Peppermint essential oil will give you that fresh scent and it will gently help to increase the circulation to the lips giving you that fuller lip feeling!

Soothing Lip Balm

What you need:

150ml Calendula Infused Oil

10g Beeswax

1 tsp Honey

1 drop Essential Oil (per pot)

(Rose, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange)

 

Method:

1. Melt the oil and wax together in a bain marie.


2. Stir in a teaspoon of clear runny honey.


3. Pour into your chosen jars or pots, label and date.


Tip! Always use cold-pressed oils, as they contain vitamin E that prevents rancidity. You can always add the contents of a couple of vitamin E capsules to your mixture to ensure good levels of vitamin E.

 

 Tip! Look out for a variety of small containers in little knick knack shops or keep an eye out for little vintage pill boxes – these can make lovely individual gifts!

 

 

To make your own Calendula Infused Oil

What you need:

½ cup dried calendula flowers

1 cup cold pressed olive oil

Sterile glass parfait jar

Sterile glass bottles

Cheese Cloth

Rubber Bands

 

Method:

 

1
Fill the bottom of a bain marie about halfway full with water. Place the dried calendula flowers in the top of the bain marie, cover with olive oil and slowly heat to 65 degrees celcius.

2
Allow the temperature to drop back and keep over a low heat for an hour. Add more water to the bottom of the bain marie if necessary and never allow it to dry up completely.

3
Transfer the hot calendula and oil mixture to a clean sterile glass parfait jar and cover the top with cheesecloth, held tightly in place with rubber bands. Place in a sunny window for two weeks and allow the calendula to steep and infuse the oil.

4
 Remove the lid from the jar after two weeks have passed and strain the oil through the cheesecloth into a clean, sterile glass bottles. Discard the spent herbs.

5
Label the bottles with the contents and date, and then store in a cool, dry cupboard out of direct sunlight for up to 18 months before discarding.

            
Sweet almond oil, apricot oil, camellia oil, grapeseed oil or sesame oil can be used in place of the extra virgin olive oil if necessary or desired. Always use cold-pressed oils, as they contain vitamin E that prevents rancidity.

            
While calendula infused oil is effective for treating many external wounds, it should not be used as a replacement for medical care. If symptoms persist for several days or you suspect an infection is present, consult a physician immediately.

 

Tip!

This oil can be used on any external cuts, burns or abraisions to aid healing and prevent bacterial infection. It will also soothe dry and chapped skin and can be used as a base to make a variety of different balms, ointments and creams.

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