DIY: How to make your own lip balm using beeswax
If you suffer from dry or cracked lips, you can easily make your own lip balm with a few soothing ingredients.
Words: Jane Wrigglesworth
Donna Lee, from Cottage Hill Herbs devised this lip balm, which is very healing and soothing to chapped lips. Melissa (or lemon balm) essential oil is anti-inflammatory and has strong antiviral properties, so it doubles as protection from cold sores.
50g cocoa butter
35ml calendula oil
35ml almond oil
20ml aloe vera liquid
50ml castor oil
3 drops pure essential oil of melissa per 15g pot
HOW TO MAKE
Gently melt all of the above ingredients, except the melissa oil, in a double boiler until all combined. Pour this mixture into a heated, heatproof glass jug and keep warm. Prepare 15g pots (these ingredients will make 10 pots) by placing 3 drops of melissa essential oil into the bottom of each one, then pour the liquid carefully into each. Allow to set before placing lids on pots.