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Homemade Lip Balm

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So this past weekend my sister and I tried our hand at homemade lip balm. And it turned out fabulous! We ended up giving some to friends as gifts and our mom “stole” some too! So I had to share this wonderful find with all of you…

Homemade Lip Balm –

8 TBS coconut oil

3 TBS beeswax

1 1/2 TBS raw honey

30 drops Young Living’s Citrus Blend Essential Oil

 

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*Now, usually I use solely organic coconut oil. But unfortunately I ran out that very same morning. And, of course, the store was all out. So the Lou Ana brand you see here is what I was able to use.

My mom actually purchases organic beeswax from the online Bulk Herb Store, and we order no heat raw honey from Quail Cove Farms which I highly recommend to any whole wheat and organically-minded folks out there.

And I cannot talk about all of the ingredients except for the essential oil. I cannot recommend them enough! We chose to use the Citrus Blend because we thought it would be very appropriate for summertime. My mom sells essential oils from Young Living, and you can visit her website here.

 

Alright, so back to the lip balm…

If you don’t happen to own a double boiler, like me, you can use a bowl atop a pan of water on the stove. You need to combine the coconut oil, beeswax, and honey together on the stove and heat until everything in melted.

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Take off of the heat and add in essential oils after it has cooled a touch (you don’t want to add the oils in while the mixture it too hot or it will kill off benefits from them). I found that the beeswax took a bit of time to combine. But once it is cool go ahead and start putting the mixture into your containers. I was a little surprise at how fast everything started to solidify. So just a little warning: once it starts, it goes fast! But never fear, I found enough time to fill my containers before all was lost!

I actually had a friend who was willing to sell me some containers for this project, but told me that you can find lip balm containers for about 10 cents (small round ones) and 15 cents (tall chap stick) each on Amazon. I personally liked the small round ones best, plus they were SO much easier to fill than the tall tubes.

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Well, there you have it! I have to say, I was giddy with joy at how wonderful this stuff is and can’t wait to make more! My mom, sister, and I have even come up with different essential oils we want to use for the different seasons of the year (Citrus Blend for summer, Thieves for fall, Peppermint for winter, and I honestly can’t remember what we decided on for spring.)

My Top 3 Essential Oils to Always Have on Hand

This week’s Mama’s Monday blog post is about my mom’s top three essential oils. Enjoy!!

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My family and I discovered Young Living essential oils recently and we are hooked! We have used them for everything from treating headaches and boosting immunity to creating our own homemade cleaning supplies. We are still pretty new at this but I am enjoying them so much, I thought I would share my three favorite oils thus far. It was a little hard to narrow it down, but these are the ones I find we use up the fastest!

 

 Thieves

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I LOVE how Thieves oil smells. It is an antimicrobial blend that contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. I like to use it to boost immunity by either diffusing or rubbing on the bottoms of our feet. We have also used it to treat fungal infections and warts. It can be used in homemade cleaners, toothpaste, deodorant and more. Its spicy, homey scent would be a great addition to homemade candles – which I hope to try soon!

 

Lavender

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Lavender is gentle and safe to use even on little ones. Always dilute any oil at first though, especially on babies and children, until you and your family get used to essential oils and you learn how they/you react with each one. My favorite oil for diluting is coconut oil. I apply lavender oil neat (undiluted) on my face to treat acne and rosacea. The dry, scaly feeling is finally gone, my face has almost completely stopped peeling, and the redness is disappearing. Lavender is great to have in your first aid arsenal for cuts and bruises and is a nice addition to homemade laundry detergent. You could also use it to make a relaxing spray to scent your bed and pillow with.

 

Here is a recipe for Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray from Stacy, the Common Scents Mom.

 

Peppermint

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Peppermint is fast becoming our go-to for easing stomach and sinus complaints. When the stomach bug recently hit our home, we used peppermint oil to ease the nausea. I simply placed 1-2 drops of peppermint on the palm of “the patient” and had them rub their hands together and hold their hands near their nose to inhale the scent. We also alternated diffusing peppermint and thieves.

Peppermint can also help with a stuffy head cold – or even worse. Soon after starting our essential oils journey, I felt the awful symptoms of a sinus infection coming on. The left side of my face was quite painful! By the evening, I knew I would need to call the doctor in the morning. Rather than watch me suffer, Maiya searched our Essential Oils Pocket Reference to see if there was anything we had on hand to provide me with a little relief. She had me start inhaling the peppermint. I was in so much pain I actually applied some to my face as well – above and below my eye. (Never apply essential oils to the eye. In case of accidentally getting any oil in your eye, use MILK, NOT water to rinse out your eye.) I did this twice that evening and twice early the next morning. By the time the doctor’s office was open so I could call for an appointment, the pain was gone! By that afternoon, I was breathing through my nose again. I never made that phone call or visit.

 

There are a number of oils that I want to always have on hand, but these are my top three. To purchase these or any other oils or Young Living products, please visit my website.

 

If you wish to save money on your oils each month, consider signing up as a wholesale member.

 

On the registration form, use my sponsor ID# which is 1668471. To save even MORE money on your oils, you may want to sign up for Essential Rewards. If you sign up as a wholesale member using my sponsor ID and purchase the premium starter kit, I will send you a copy of the aforementioned book Essential Oils Pocket Reference by Life Science Publishing as a thank you gift. Please send me an email at v1hebrews11@aol.com with any questions you may have!

 

 

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or any other type of medical professional. I am a mom who loves natural remedies. I can only tell you how our family uses essential oils. I cannot diagnose or treat any ailment.**