Thursday, February 5, 2015

Calendula Healing Lip Balm {DIY} for Chapped and Dry Skin Too


If you are suffering from dry, chapped lips (and/or skin), you may want to prepare some "Calendula Healing Lip Balms". As calendula is a beautiful skin healer, these balms can also be used for cuts, scrapes, minor burns, insect bites, stings, etc., making them a nice addition to the first aid kit. They take only minutes to make once you create your medicinal oil. Simply melt a few ingredients together and pour into containers.

Simple Supplies:
  • 2 tbsp. calendula infused oil (via almond, olive, coconut or jojoba oil) (directions to make infused oil is here and how to identify calendula in your back yard is here)
  • 2 tsp. grated beeswax or pastilles (pastilles are very convenient to have for these projects because you don't need to grate them and create a mess, just measure!)
  • 4 drops of essential oil (your choice but I used 2 drops each of lavender and chamomile since they are wonderful skin healers)
  • 1 tsp. honey (optional)

Place your infused oil in a double boiler (or make one by putting a heat proof pan or glass inside of a pan of simmering water) and let it heat up a few minutes on your stove top. A glass Pyrex measuring cup is a nice choice because of the convenient pour spout.


Next, add your beeswax into the oil and stir occasionally until melted together (should take only a few minutes). Turn stove off. Let mixture cool a few minutes and stir in your honey (if using) and essential oils. You don't want to add these last two ingredients while it is too hot or the oils will evaporate and the raw honey will no longer have the benefits of being "raw". 

Consistency tip: You can dip a spoon into the balm and place it in the freezer for a few minutes. If it is too firm for you, reheat and add in more oil. If it is too soft for your liking, reheat and add in more wax. 


Pour into chapstick containers (making sure the mixture is evenly combined by stirring so that the honey doesn't sink to the bottom). You will want to have your containers prepared (open and ready) because once you start pouring the liquid, it will solidify quickly. If you have a problem with the mixture solidifying prematurely, simply place remains back into double boiler, remelt and pour. 


This recipe fills approx. six basic chapstick containers and should keep for one year in a cool, dark area. This also make a wonderful gift! For our complete collection of DIY calendula recipes, visit here!

"And their father Israel said unto them,
If it must be so now, do this;
take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels,
and carry down the man a present,
a little balm..."
~ Genesis 43:11

                                    

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29 comments:

  1. I love my lip balm - in fact, that is all I ever put on my lips. I would enjoy trying this recipe and I know it would be helpful to my son....poor little guy has been having terribly chapped and cracked lips this Winter.

    Thanks for sharing, JES! Hugs

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    1. This would be perfect! From one lip balm girl to another :)

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  2. This sounds so good. I will write it down for a future time to make. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. This is really easy to make Betty, easier than baking a cake :) I do hope you give it a try! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I grew some calendula in my garden a couple of years ago, and made some face cream from the infused oil, and it was wonderful. I hope to grow calendula again in my garden this year, and will print out this recipe to try! Great post!

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    1. I have been having fun with calendula. So much you can do with it :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This recipe sounds so good for the skin I can't wait to try it. I will have to wait though since I'll be getting seeds to grow the plants. Everything is so costly lately. I'm determined to live frugally.
    Thank you for sharing your lip balm recipe, and have a great weekend!.

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    1. Sounds like a good plan to me! To live frugally is always a homemaking challenge that I am up for! :)

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  5. Hmmm...this looks heavenly JES! I love Calendula and it is on my list of things to grow in the coming cool season... Thank you for sharing - you always make such lovely things and I love seeing what you've been busy with! And thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! Hugs and love, Kelly-Anne

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! You will have lots of fun with your calendula, I am sure :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. Hey Jess, I've a question for you and can't find your email addy. Would you email me Honey@HoneysLife.com or holler at me on facebook? ~Honey Rowland

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  7. Sounds so moisturizing and good for your lips. Timely too for winter!

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    1. Yes, perfect for winter! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  8. We grew calendula last year with hopes of making diaper rash ointment-- but it all got to be too much for us. At least we harvested the seeds; there's always next year!

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    1. Hey, that's a start Jody! :) I passed the flowers up for a few years before actually realizing what they were and doing something with them... Make a homeschool project out of it!

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  9. The skin on my hands is often very dry. So I love this!

    Momfever

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    1. Thanks Nicole for stopping by to visit and share! :)

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  10. Perfect timing for this in the Northeast as we are stuck in the dry house with more snow. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  11. Well now, that looks easy enough!

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    1. It really is Jenny! I hope you give it a try. It only takes a few minutes (less time than driving to the store and buying :)

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  12. I have got to try making this for my daughter. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  13. Hi JES, a lovely recipe, thank you for sharing! I am visiting my mom, and we have made calendula - coconut oil - beevax - cream ~ I have used this for dry skin to our sons ever since they were small. Now mom taught me to make it, it is surprisingly easy! I like the idea of adding essentiel oils and honey ... I will do that next time.
    And your sweet note on my blog made me really happy ~ thank you for brightening my day!

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    1. I am sure it is wonderful with the coconut oil! :) There is a lot of healing properties there too. Thank you for your visit here!

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  14. You are such a wealth of information thank you for taking the time to share with us all and at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  15. Oh you are so talented JES with making this lip balm! It must feel so good! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  16. I am such a fan of calendula - we'll be Featuring this this week - thanks so much for sharing with Awesome Life Friday!

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  17. Shared on my FB page. Congrats on being a featured post on Wildcrafting Wednesday.
    Love homemade lip balm.

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  18. I have always loved calendula for it's vibrant color and what a wonderful idea to use it in a lip balm .
    Thank you for linking-up to the Wearing with Wisdom party at KingMakerBlog.com
    Blessings, Leticia

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