This week I had my first ever essential oils party at my home. I know I keep saying over and over again, but the more I learn about the power of essential oils to heal and purify the body, the more amazed I am by them. Whether you use essential oils for skincare, sleep issues, stress, or illness, these little bottles are truly nature’s best medicines. The more I read and learn, the more baffled I am that this is considered “alternative” when synthetic items that parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, proplene glycol and who knows what other toxins are in the products that people are using daily are considered the norm. Something about that just does not seem right.
So let me step off my soapbox now and get back to the essential oil lip balms. Recently I shared the night cream that I have been using and loving, which is made with oils and a base of a coconut oil. (Though if you are not sure about using coconut oil, there are other choices such as shea butter and jojoba oil.) I wanted to share something similar with guests, so I decided to make everyone in attendance a homemade lip balm to take home with them. It is my way of thanking them for attending the demonstration, and also as away to let them begin using essential oils. This little lip balm can be thrown in a purse or put on a nightstand, and it is super easy to make!
½ cup Shea Butter
1 teaspoon Honey
½ teaspoon Olive Oil
½ teaspoon Thieves
½ teaspoon Lemon
½ teaspoon Lavender
20 drops of either Thieves, Lemon or Lavender
For the lips I started with a base of organic shea butter, and then added a few of my favorite things. Shea butter is often used as a base in lip and skin care. It has a waxy consistency that is perfect for applying to the skin. Thieves oil defends and protects the skin. Lemon is an antioxidant that is known to boost the body’s defenses. Lavender has antiseptic properties and is used to cleanse and soothe skin. Honey also has fabulous antiseptic properties.
- 1. Place the shea butter in a bowl. Flatten it out using a spatula. Slowly add the olive oil, one at a time. Mix with a spatula or spoon, then flatten out.
- 2. Do the same with the olive oil.
- 3. Add in the ½ teaspoon of Thieves, Lemon, and Lavender evenly over the mixture.
- 4. Stir well with a spatula or spoon. (I prefer a spatula.)
- 5. Once all the ingredients are well-mixed, spoon them into lip balm pots.
- 6. Just before closing the lid, put one drop of oil on top of the balm. This mixture makes about 20 small pots of lip balm, hence the 20 drops listed in the ingredients. This is the first scent that will be enjoyed when he post is opened again. Since we are heading into fall (believe it or not), I added Thieves to this batch of lip balms for its incredible scent and healing properties. (Just one of the many ways Thieves can be used is to cure cold sores.) If it were April, I probably would have used Lemon or maybe even Citrus instead. People who are big fans of lavender scent might also choose to add that one, but for me the smell of lavender is not as appealing as Thieves.
This lip balm has gotten rave reviews so far! Let me know if you decide to make it. I would love to get your reviews too!
By the way, if you have been interested in trying essential oils for yourself, or if you are curious how they can help you and your family, consider this your chance to get started with Young Living essential oils. If you have a condition of any sort, and you are curious whether essential oils can help, shoot me an email at Jessica@EatSleepBe.com. I would be happy to help!
Please note that I am not a dermatologist or other type of doctor, nor to I play one on this blog. While I (and thousands of others) think essential oils are fabulous, they have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.