I decided to try this recipe from The Nerdy Farmwife for a soothing chamomile lip balm. It uses chamomile infused oil (I used olive oil) and castor oil (which is heavier than macadamia oil) and peppermint essential oil. The chamomile is soothing, while the peppermint gives you a nice tingle like blistex. I have been trying to grow chamomile, but no luck so far, so I used dried chamomile (actually it was pure chamomile tea from Tea2).
Making an infused oil is very easy. Just put your herbs in a jar of oil and leave them for a few weeks, then strain out the herbs. For my herbal salve I use comfrey, chickweed and calendula petals. Other herbs that are good for skin include borage, yarrow, gotu kola, violet and lemon balm. (See posts below).
How I use herbs - Comfrey
How I use herbs - Chickweed
How I use herbs - Marigold, calendula and winter taragon
How I use herbs - Borage
How I use herbs - Yarrow
How I use herbs - Gotu Kola
How I use herbs - Sweet Violet
I have a limited number of winter lip balms available in my Etsy shop, as I made more than I needed, so I'll see if they end up being popular.
What do you think? Do you need a stronger lip balm in winter?