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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Homemade lip balm

 On one of our many snowed in days, Small and I found ourselves itching to do something. We decided to make chapstick.
 
Using the chamomile and goldenrod we dried in late summer, bees wax (brought with us from Kansas) and sunflower oil, Small and I created a healing, very soothing lip protectant. Medium used it on his cracked lips, and within a few days it was healed up. Small is very proud of himself.  

 
 
 
6 cups dried flowers (goldenrod and chamomile)
2 cups sunflower oil
a scant 2 cups of grated bees wax
 
I don't have a double boiler, so I use a metal bowl over a pot filled less than half way with water. Place your dried flowers and oil into the bowl, and bring it to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for 1 hour.
 
Strain through a colander lined with cheese cloth, into a clean bowl. Once it cools down enough to handle, squeeze the cheesecloth, removing as much oil as possible.
 
If using the same double boiler or bowl, make sure it is clean and dry before pouring your oil into it. Bring to a simmer and slowly add the beeswax, stirring it until all is dissolved. 
 
Carefully pour the hot liquid into your containers. Allow to fully cool before using.


3 comments:

Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

If you keep doing such cool projects, you're gonna have to bump your status up from "neophyte." Good work.

kath said...

That was much easier than I thought it would be. I have the chamomile, now I have to start saving goldenrod (if it ever stops snowing here).

Providence Acres Farm said...

I have always wanted to make my own lip balm. This is the second blog today that I have read about homemade lip balm. I guess it's something I'm meant to do!

I'm going to research beeswax sources in this are today!

Thanks for the directions!

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