This time of year can be tough on the lips. The cool, dry air often leaves us with chapped lips that can be itchy and even painful. Staying well hydrated helps prevent chapped but isn’t always enough. Thankfully we can find soothing and healing relief in this red clover lip balm.
Why Red Clover?
Red clover grows in many yards and gardens. This beautiful and sweet weed that is often overlooked is full of herbal healing power. While it might not be easy to go out and harvest in November, the dried version is usually easy enough to find.
Red clover has long been used as a treatment for skin conditions. It has some anti-inflammatory properties as well and those chapped lips do get inflamed. All these soothing properties reduce redness, soften the lips, and ease pain and itching.
Start with Infused Oil
All lip balms contain oil and for this balm, red clover infused oil is required. There are several ways to make infused oil:
Once the infused oil is ready, continue with the remaining steps:
How to Make Red Clover Lip Balm
Fill a shallow pan with some cold water. Set aside.
In the top of a double boiler (do not use a glass jar, because it could break in the next step) combine:
- 1 Tablespoon Red Clover Infused Oil
- 3/4 teaspoon Beeswax Pastilles
- 1/2 teaspoon Honey
Heat gently until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat.
Place the double boiler top into the cold water, be careful not to get water into the oil. Using a whisk or fork, whip the oil mixture until the honey is incorporated. About 30-45 seconds.
Pour the mixture into a tin and let sit for at least an hour before capping. Use within 1 year.
Honey & Essential Oils
Honey adds another layer of skin soothing power and protection to the lip balm. It also adds a hint of sweetness that can be nice. Skip it, if desired.
A few drops, 5-10, of essential oil could be added for flavor if desired. Sometimes essential oil does not feel good on raw and inflamed lips. It is for that reason, that I skip adding essential oils in this balm. Follow your own personal preferences.
This makes a small batch but feel free to double and have extra for gift giving.
As the dry winter air arrives and winter sports begin, make a batch of this red clover lip balm to heal and protect those tender lips.
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