Whether the Winter wind is drying you out, or you simply want an all-natural way to tint your lips, this all-natural, herbal, DIY lip balm recipe is a fun and easy self-care and self-love project.
Just last weekend my good friend and neighbor asked if I had any good, herbal lip balm she could have.
It’s the middle of Winter and the cold and wind-chill has been record-breaking.
I didn’t, but thanks to Herbal Academy I had a great recipe and all of the ingredients! So I bundled up with a bag and headed over to her house for a fun ladies’ night of lip balm making!
How To Make Homemade Herbal Lip Balm
To begin, you’ll start by making an herb-infused oil. The herb here is whatever you choose. Calendula, lavender and chamomile are well known for healing skin, but any herb will do.
For a complete materia medica on lavender, including the history behind it’s use in skin care, check out my post: Medicinal Plant Profile: Lavender.
How to Make Herb-Infused Oil
There are several ways to make herb-infused oils. For a longer, gentler infused oil, you can mix together your herbs and oil and store in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks, or in a window sill for 2-3 weeks.
For a quicker method, place the herbs and oil in a crock-pot, mason jar in a double boiler, or electric yogurt maker and gently heat the herbs over very low heat for 1-5 hours.
Your heat should be around 100-140° F but no hotter than that.
Once your oil has extracted some of the color and scent of the herbs, strain the herb material out with a cheesecloth or reusable coffee filter like this one.
How to Make the Lip Balm
Back on the double boiler, add the beeswax and beet juice. Slowly swirl it every few seconds until the beeswax is completely melted.
To test for consistency, dip a metal spoon in the lip balm liquid and put it in the refrigerator for one minute.
The consistency you’ll get after one minute is roughly the consistency you’ll get when it’s cooled.
Add more oil or more beeswax to adjust.
If you’d like to add additional flavoring you can add cocoa powder, vanilla bean, or any essential oil that you like!
If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can always skip making the herbal-infused oil and instead use plain olive oil with 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil instead.
I get all my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. I like how they have a 90 day satisfaction guarantee, your ability to collect rewards point for essential oils you were already going to buy, and every bottle comes with a batch number where you can look up the results of the gas chromatography/mass sepctrometry test results – confirming you are getting exactly what they say you’re getting.
Once you have a consistency you like, pour your liquid into metal lip balm tins like these ones.
NOTE: shake your liquid up well before pouring to mix the beet juice evenly throughout.
These make a great gift and will definitely be part of our CSA offering.
For a great video from Herbal Academy on how to make 3 different herbal remedies (the first one being an herb-infused oil, check out the video below).