Herbal Healing

This blog is dedicated to herbal healing and other natural health remedies. In an attempt to deepen my own knowledge, I will share information on a variety of herbs, focusing largely on easy to find Western plants, as well as methods for preparing herbal medicines and natural beauty treatments. I am not a certified herbalist, licensed cosmetologist, or physician, so please use the information on this blog at your own risk! I've been an aspiring herbalist for several years, and I hope to finally get my certification sometime this year.

I’m in the process of starting a line of my herbal preparations and natural body products, so that means I get to do a lot of experimenting!  Here is a basic lip balm formula and with a few ingredients added, like mango butter for extra nourishment and orange & cinnamon essential oils which are uplifting and invigorating.
Orange Cinnamon Lip Balm 
1 tablespoon mango butter
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon calendula-infused olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops cinnamon essential oil
A few drops of vitamin E oil (as a natural preservative)
Lip balm preparation: Coarsely  chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and  oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the  top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once  melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and vitamin E oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can  purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic  containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip  balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! Makes approximately  1.5 oz of lip balm.

I’m in the process of starting a line of my herbal preparations and natural body products, so that means I get to do a lot of experimenting!  Here is a basic lip balm formula and with a few ingredients added, like mango butter for extra nourishment and orange & cinnamon essential oils which are uplifting and invigorating.

Orange Cinnamon Lip Balm

  • 1 tablespoon mango butter
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon calendula-infused olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 15 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil (as a natural preservative)

Lip balm preparation: Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and vitamin E oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm.

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