Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm Recipe
The rosy color is provided by a combination of dried elderberries and alkanet root powder, infused in olive or sweet almond oil. I keep a jar of this on hand at all times. Simply throw a spoonful or two of each herb into a small jar then cover with several inches of oil, cap and store in a cool, dark place. Allow this to infuse for a week or two, then strain the herbs out. It will keep around a year if stored properly. Other colors I like to use in lip balms are annatto seed powder (for peachy/orangey coloring) and chlorella powder (for a pale green tint that won’t stain your lips – great for lime flavored lip balm!)
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with a health care professional before using products containing alkanet root.
Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1/2 tablespoon castor oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil infused with alkanet and elderberries
- 1 teaspoon pomegranate seed oil
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
- 12 drops peppermint essential oil
Remove from heat and add 12 drops of peppermint essential oil. Pour into lip balm tubes or slider tins or small 1/2 ounce tins.