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Make home made lip balm from beeswax.

When it comes to living off the land and making homemade products, there is nothing better than bee products. Beeswax is a very valuable item. For example, beeswax can make a variety of great products including shoe and wood polish, sealant for canned goods, candles, and much more.

What I am going to teach you is how to make lip balm with your beeswax. Lip balm offers great protection for lips by sealing in moisture to prevent the wind and sun from damaging them. If you cut yourself while shaving, you can dab a little lip balm on the cut to stop the bleeding. A dab of lip balm can make zippers, window jams, and light bulbs easier to use. As you can see, a little bit of lip balm goes a long way. And, lip balms make great gifts, merchandise to sell at local boutiques, farmers markets and trade markets, or just to keep at the homestead.

First, you'll need to gather the following items to get started:

* Beeswax

* A container for the balm

* Microwave-safe containers or double boiler

* Microwave or a stovetop double boiler--you can also make it over a campfire if you want to get more spiritual with your product.

* Stirrers

* Optional: essential oils, honey, lanolin, and vitamin E capsules

Note: Containers suitable for lip balms can be found at drug stores, dollar stores, and craft stores, or you can peruse the Internet for snap-lid containers. You may also reuse old lip gloss or Chap Stick tubes.

General directions

Before you do anything, you must thoroughly clean the lip balm containers with soap and water (removing the entire old product in reused items), and sterilize them with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to rinse the containers with clean water and dry them completely before using.

To begin the process, you are going to melt the beeswax in the microwave or on the stovetop. Heat it in small increments, and only until it is melted. After it becomes a liquid, you may start to add other items to the balm such as flavors, medications, or scents. It is best to make them in small batches to begin with, so you do not waste products or have a lot of balm that you do not like. Remember, the mixture will be very hot until it cools and forms the balm.

Here are two sample recipes to get you started:

Peppermint Lip Balm

Melt two teaspoons of beeswax with seven teaspoons of sweet almond oil. Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of honey; whisk ingredients together. Let cool slightly, and then stir in five or six drops of peppermint oil. Before the mixture cools, pour it into the containers.

Essential Oil Balm

Melt two teaspoons of beeswax with two tablespoons of sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Set aside until lukewarm, and then add five to six drops of essential oil. Suggested essential oils include orange, lemon or coconut. If you use eucalyptus or some kind of herbal remedy, you will get a great lip balm. Puncture a Vitamin E capsule and add two drops to the balm mixture; stir ingredients together. Before the mixture cools, pour it into the containers.

If you like firmer lip balms, simply add" more beeswax. Four ounces of sweet almond oil and two ounces of beeswax will make more than enough base to fill 12,1/4-ounce lip balm containers. Unused base can be stored for a very long time for future use. Remember be safe and enjoy what the bees have given you.
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Author:Jordan, Michael
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Nov 1, 2013
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