Through the seasons here in the wilderness, it is dry in the summer months, and the woodstove dries things out in the winter, so it is nice to know how to make your own lip balm. We also apply this little concoction to cuts and wounds while working or playing in the outdoors.

Ingredients for Beeswax Lip Balm:

• 4 teaspoons of beeswax
• 3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
• 2 teaspoons of shea butter
• 5 to 10 drops of essential oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Add the beeswax, sweet almond oil and shea butter into a small glass measuring cup. Add about an inch of water to a saucepan, and put it on a low heat. Place the glass measuring cup in the water, and allow the contents to melt. Do not overheat. As soon as everything has melted, remove the cup from the pan, and add any optional essential oils. Pour the mixture into your desired containers. You can use a twist-up container, slider tins, round tins or small plastic containers with twist lids. I use 0.25-ounce slider tins and fill six to eight of them with this recipe, depending on how much I fill them. Carefully transfer the filled containers to the refrigerator for 20 minutes or so until the balm hardens.


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