Making your own calendula lip balm is a great way to ensure your lips stay soft and moist during the extremes of temperature in different seasons. This recipe is easy to make with natural ingredients and you can even swap the essential oil in it for your favorite scent!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Anyone who has suffered from dry, cracked, or chapped lips knows the discomfort that can come with it. Lip balm is a helpful way to soothe and protect lips, and this recipe for a homemade calendula lip balm is an excellent way to care for your lips naturally.
Calendula is well-known as a soothing herb, and when used in a lip balm, it can help to protect and heal the lips. This calendula lip balm recipe is simple to make and only requires a few ingredients, all of which are natural. Plus it will keep for around one year if you store it in a cool and dry place.
Calendula infused oil: You may create your own by combining a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil with calendula blooms from the garden. If you're in a hurry, you can also get ready-made calendula-infused oil. Either way, I prefer using a calendula oil made with organic calendula flowers for the healthiest product!
Shea butter: Shea butter is perfect for this but if you would like, you could also use something like mango butter or cocoa butter for a similar effect.
Beeswax: You can use either yellow or white beeswax for this recipe and either beeswax pellets or some simply cut some off a block will equally work well.
Clove essential oil: Good quality clove oil is the perfect pairing for this recipe (trust me!), but if you aren't a fan of the scent, you can switch this for another essential oil you prefer. Alternatively, you can use organic flavorings such as vanilla extract. Or if in doubt, leave it out entirely!
How to Make Calendula Lip Balm
- Add the calendula oil with bees wax and shea butter to a double boiler over a low heat.
- Keep stirring the mixture until everything is melted, usually around 3 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and gently stir in the essential oil if you are using some.
- Pour the mixture into heat-proof lip balm tubes, a jar or other small container then leave to cool completely before you put the lids on.
Calendula infused oil has long been used for its medicinal properties. The oil is extracted from the calendula flower, which is a member of the daisy family. Calendula oil is rich in compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. These properties make calendula oil an ideal ingredient for lip balm.
Stops Moisture Loss in Winter
Obviously, any good lip balm will stop moisture from escaping your lips. This soothing calendula lip balm is ideal for use during the winter, on cold, windy days, or at bedtime as an overnight lip treatment.
Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries to help heal wounds and soothe irritation, so it's no surprise that it's also effective at helping to heal dry, chapped lips. The oil from the calendula flower helps to lock in moisture, while the beeswax provides a barrier to keep the moisture in. And because it's all-natural, you can feel good about using it on your lips.
Frequently Asked Questions
The genus Calendula includes about 15 species of annual or perennial herbs in the Asteraceae family. They are native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean. The most common species is Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold or English marigold.
When used medicinally, whole dried flowers are used, as the medicinal oils are found mostly in the resinous green bases of the flower heads. It is important to use only high-quality calendula products, so the dried petals should be bright yellow or orange as an indication of quality and freshness.
Lip balm that contains calendula oil can help soothe inflammation caused by allergic reactions, cold sores, eczema, cheilitis, or minor burns or abrasions. The anti-inflammatory compounds in calendula oil can help to speed healing and reduce pain and discomfort. Calendula oil is also a much more gentle and soothing choice than peppermint for making “medicated” lip balm at home.
Your skin is an amazing organ and this natural process can be supported and hastened by using calendula. Calendula is a flower with healing properties that have been used for centuries for everything from infections to dry lips. When applied topically, it can help to soothe the skin and speed up the healing process. In a lip balm, these effects are amplified.
Lip balms that contain calendula, beeswax, vitamin E, and essential oils can help to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips. They can also help to repair damage caused by cold weather, wind, or sun exposure. Bonus: Making your own lip balm is fun!
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Calendula Lip Balm
- ¼ cup calendula infused oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax yellow or white, pellets or cut off the block
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 8 drops clove essential oil or a favorite essential oil of your own, optional
- In a double boiler over low heat, add the calendula oil, beeswax and shea butter.
- Stir until melted, about 3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and gently stir in the essential oil (if using).
- Pour the mixture into lip balm tins or tubes and allow to cool and set completely before placing the lids on.
- Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year.
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