I have been growing my herb garden for the last 4 years, so far I have over 20 different herbs and I’m always on the look out for new ones. A few years ago I planted lemon balm and it has since gone crazy.
I needed a way to use it and the idea of lip balm came to mind. I did some general research and it looked really simple to make. Main ingredients included beeswax, coconut oil and infused herb oil. Here is my take on a DIY lemon balm lip salve.
What is Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is part of the mint family, with a gorgeous lemon scent, it has been known for its healing properties and calming effects. It has been said to reduce some viruses such as cold sores, which make it great for a lip salve. It is also known for helping digestive problems, insect bites, menstrual cramps and headaches to name a few. You can read more about it here
What you will Need
10 Lip Balm Pots (I got mine from Amazon)
Bunch of Lemon Balm, Rosemary and Peppermint
Sweet Almond Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
How to Make
First you need to infuse your herbs into your oil, this can take roughly six weeks. Pick and wash your herbs. Pat them dry and leave out for a few hours to wilt and dry. Pack them into a Kilner jar and cover with Almond Oil. Pop the lid on and put in a dark cupboard. Shake every few days. Set yourself a phone reminder when the six weeks are up.
Once your oil is ready, put a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water and add 3 tablespoons of beeswax pellets to the bowl. Stir until melted.
Add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and again stir until combined. Add 3 tablespoons of your infused oil, try not to get any bits of the herb in the oil.
Decant your mixture into your silver pots, I used a mini ladle but a pipette would also work. Before the balm pots set add 3 drops of peppermint oil to each pot. Stir with a cocktail stick.
Leave the pots to set on the side, or pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
There you have some yummy scented lip balms to gift to your family and friends. Great for every day use to keep your lips soft and kissable, I did actually use this on a bite also and I’m sure it helped. You can add many different herbs and oil combos to create your own personalised lip balms.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my DIY lemon balm lip salve recipe tutorial, let me know if you try making your own and what flavour combinations you use, tag me on @i_heart_maggie for Instagram or @IHeart_Maggie on twitter.