This fab lemon balm lip balm fights cold sores and a lot more
My lemon balm grows faster than most of my other herbs. Or at least it seems like it right now. It’s one of those plants that just kind of takes off and never look back. The amazing part about it is that there are a plethora of uses for lemon balm – both culinary and medicinally. I love using my Lemon Balm – Ginger Syrup just about everyday. It’s delish in water with crushed ice. And it supports a healthy immune response, helps ease stressful/anxious feeligns, and is super refreshing. I’ve also got a lemon balm tincture brewing.
And to top it off, lemon balm is great for the skin. It has potent antioxidants that help protect against environmental stressors. Research has shown it fights UV damage with Caffeic and Ferulic Acids that penetrate all of 3 layers of our skin. Another one of lemon balm’s benefits is that it has a healing and soothing effect on cold sores. Use this lip balm at the first tingle of a cold sore and you may just avoid developing.
So, whether you are one of the many people who deal with cold sores, or you simply want to pamper your lips with some amazing lip balm, making lemon balm lip balm is a great use for a bit of that beautiful lemon balm.
What about the other ingredients?
Honey is a natural anti-viral making it a perfect addition to this recipe. We use avocado oil to infuse the lemon balm because it’s so good for your skin. It’s worth the waiting time. Chop up just a handful of leaves and infuse in avocado oil (or whatever you choose) for a couple of weeks. I get this Really Raw Honey from Thrive Market for when I don’t have any local raw honey. I love the convenience of ordering from Thrive. When life is busy, it’s great to have things delivered straight to your doorstep.
Melissa (lemon balm) essential oil will amp up the benefits. Since it’s pretty costly, we only add a few drops. There are loads of other oils that can be used. I added a few drops of spearmint as it is a wonderful balance to the lemon balm. Tea tree would be an ideal choice because of its antiseptic qualities that heal and revitalize sunburned and chapped lips. Feel free to create your own unique combination. Be careful of using citrus oils though because they can cause your skin (or lips) to be more sensitive to sun exposure. We don’t want you to end up with sunburned lips!
I love using avocado oil in my lip balm recipes. It doesn’t absorb quickly into the skin making it ideal for lips and it contains a substance called sterolin, which helps to give the lips that soft, supple feeling.
This recipe makes just a coupe tins of lemon balm lip balm, but you can feel free to adjust the quantities for larger batches. They make great gifts.
Lemon Balm Lip Balm
- 2-3 tablespoons avocado oil
- ¼ cup chopped fresh lemon balm leaves
- small glass jar
- 2 tablespoons lemon balm infused oil
- 1½ teaspoon beeswax pellets
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 5 drops melissa essential oil
- 5 drops spearmint essential oil
- optional: 1/4 teaspoon arrowroot powder or corn starch (to reduce greasiness)
- To make infused oilCombine avocado oil and lemon balm leaves in a jar. Make sure the leaves are submerged in the oil. Close jar and allow to sit for approximately two weeks. Strain out the leaves and oil is ready to use
- To make lip balmIn a double boiler, melt the oil and beeswax until the beeswax is just melted.Remove from heat and add the honey, essential oils and arrowroot if using. Stir or whisk rapidly until everything is completely incorporated. I used a small milk frother and it was done in seconds.Pour the balm into prepared tins and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until set.If using for cold sores, beginning applying as soon as you feel the tingle of a cold sore and reapply 3-4 times a day. Otherwise, just apply as needed.Use within 1 year.