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Red Clover Lip Balm

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Make this healing and soothing red clover lip balm to find relief from dry, chapped lips. This balm whips up easily and is full of ingredients you can feel good about slathering onto your body. 

A tin of red clover lip balm sitting on a table surrounded by dried red clover blossoms.

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.

A single red clover blossom

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:

The solar method is my favorite. It takes time but is mostly hands-off and super easy. If you don’t already have some red clover infused oil on hand save time by using the double boiler method.

Once the infused oil is ready, continue with the recipe below.

Protect and soothe the lips with this DIY red clover lip balm that eases pain, calms inflammation, reduces redness, and softens skin.

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.

Yield: 1 Tin

Red Clover Lip Balm

A tin of red clover lip balm surrounded by dried red clover blossoms.

Red clover lip balm is a soothing salve for dry, chapped lips.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5



  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the top of the double boiler.
  2. Heat gently until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the mixture into a tin and let sit for at least an hour before capping.


Use up within 1 year.

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Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I made this lip balm and I love it I didn't use any essiential oils but I did use the honey Thank you Kathy


Monday 3rd of July 2017

I don't know if I will find your site again l, butnif you could email me o would greatly appreciate it. I was wondering are there any places I can buy this lip balm that you know of or any suggestions. I have severe inflamed lips. I was wanting to try this before going to the doctor. Thanks so much!!

Homespun Seasonal Living

Monday 3rd of July 2017

I'm not sure where you could buy it, I'm sorry I can't be more help. I hope you find relief soon.


Monday 21st of November 2016

I just started making (and loving) red clover teas and infusions. I could see how it might make a nice lip balm! I like a teeny amount of peppermint and lemon essential oil in my lip balm.

Homespun Seasonal Living

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

When I'm making regular lip balm for gifts for just normal use, I do usually add some mint or lemon essential oil as well. For this particular balm, I chose to skip it because the lips were chapped and raw. Red clover is a mighty great herb. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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