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DIY Herbal Lip Balms

How to make your own lip balms using herbs, oils and beeswax.

Want kissable lips? Make your own customized lip balm to keep them soft and healthy! Making lip balms is so easy and such fun. You can adjust the consistency to exactly the spread you like, and you can incorporate your favorite herbs, too.

All you really need to make a lip balm is some oil and some beeswax. But by using oils that you've infused with herbs, you bring herbal properties to your balm, too.

To make your herbal infused oil:

* Place a handful of fresh or dried herbs in a glass jar. (It should be about 1/3 full, but it's not necessary to measure.) Good herbs for lip balms include calendula, chamomile, comfrey, lemon balm, marshmallow root, and mint.

* Fill the jar with oil. (Make sure all of the herbs are covered with the oil.) Any "carrier oil" will work well here. Try sweet almond, olive oil, coconut, sunflower, jojoba, or apricot kernel.

* Place the jar in a sunny place for about 10 to 14 days, shaking the jar once a day. (The longer you leave the oil, the stronger the infusion will be, but there's no harm in straining after 10 days instead of 14.) When time's up, strain the oil through cheesecloth. (You can also cook your oil and herbs on the stovetop or in a crockpot, if you're in a hurry. Half an hour on the stove or five hours on low in the crockpot should do it.)

* If you like, you can add a little vitamin E oil (about a teaspoon per jar) to your infused oil to enhance and help preserve it.

To make your lip balm:

Note: The ratio of oil to wax is something you'll want to play with. For a medium-firm balm, use 2 1/2 to 3 parts oil to 1 part wax.

* Combine beeswax beads or grated beeswax and oil in a glass bowl or large, glass measuring cup. Place in a double boiler (or over simmering water), and melt the mixture together, stirring. (Be careful not to get any of the water in the mixture.)

* To test your balm, dip a spoon into the mixture and place it in the freezer for a minute. Test the consistency. If the balm is too soft, add more beeswax; for a creamier consistency, add more oil.

* When finished, remove your balm from the double boiler and pour into containers. Allow to cool, then cap.

Even after your balm has been set, you can still adjust it, if necessary. Melt down your balm and add beeswax to make a too-soft balm firmer, for example, or additional oil to give it more glide. (You may want to adjust your balm according to the weather, too. A softer consistency is nice in winter, while a firmer product is usually more desirable in the summer months.)

By the way, you can also make lip balms using essential oils. Simply add your essential oil of choice right after you take your oil/beeswax mixture off the stove. Here's an article about Making Your Own Lip Balm using essential oils.

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