DIY Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm Recipe

The rosy color is provided by a combination of dried elderberries and alkanet root powder, infused in olive or sweet almond oil. I keep a jar of this on hand at all times. Simply throw a spoonful or two of each herb into a small jar then cover with several inches of oil, cap and store in a cool, dark place. Allow this to infuse for a week or two, then strain the herbs out. It will keep around a year if stored properly. Other colors I like to use in lip balms are annatto seed powder (for peachy/orangey coloring) and chlorella powder (for a pale green tint that won’t stain your lips – great for lime flavored lip balm!)
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with a health care professional before using products containing alkanet root.

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm
Combine all of these ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Set the cup down into a pan containing a few inches of water. Gently heat the water until the shea butter and beeswax pastilles have melted.
Remove from heat and add 12 drops of peppermint essential oil. Pour into lip balm tubes or slider tins or small 1/2 ounce tins.


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