photo: Growing Home Blog
*Disclaimer: I am not a naturopath, or a doctor. I do not claim to heal anything. The opinions expressed in this article are entirely my own and have come from my own research. You should check with a doctor or naturopath if you have any concerns about your health.
I have been struggling since my pregnancy with EXTREMELY dry lips. It was so bad while I was pregnant that the skin actually cracked. Yeah, ouch.
I tried EVERYTHING to heal them. I drank a TON of water (because everyone says that’s a sign of being dehydrated) and, if you’ve ever been pregnant, you know what that did for me! Not much except for lots of bathroom breaks ((grin)).
I tried buying “natural” lip balm from the drugstore and while it definitely soothed, it did not heal.
Then I read a few blogs on making your own and I was intrigued. Would it work? Was it worth it? Would it be really expensive?
One thing I’ve learned about making my own products is that, while it “looks” expensive up front (ie. buying coconut oil and your essential oils are not cheap), in the long run it is cheaper (you use such a small amount of each that they will last a really long time).
The recipe I liked the best came from the blog: Growing Home. She has a couple of good recipes on here (for lotion and room spray) besides this lip balm one. I think one of the reasons I liked it the best is because it has all natural ingredients AND it uses tea tree oil. I have a love affair with tea tree oil. Seriously, I use it for everything! If I run out of it I am totally lost.
I use tea tree oil in my shampoo when I have an itchy scalp. I use it on cuts to disinfect. I use it to wash down my counters when the fruit flies get bad. I’ve even used TT oil as a bug spray. It’s pretty great stuff! I use tooth paste with TT oil in it because of a problem that developed in my mouth when I was in highschool…and before I used the tooth paste I actually applied it directly to the sore in my mouth (DO NOT INGEST TEA TREE OIL!). It is okay to apply topically but do not swallow it!
The only ingredient I didn’t have when I made it the the first time was the Spearmint Essential Oil (hoping to get some soon). However, because I’m so used to the taste and smell of Tea Tree oil I was totally okay with not including it.
And, I have to say, it is amazing! I applied it every couple of hours the first day in order to get rid of the really dry skin and by the time I went to bed my lips were soft! Yup, I was sold. The scent is not for everyone…but I thin if you added the Spearmint it would mask the Tea Tree oil.
I don’t think I will ever go back to using store bought lip balm. I like stuff that actually heals, doesn’t just mask the problem. Come back next week and I’ll share a lotion recipe with you that you can also use on your lips!
Happiness in a bottle.
P.S. If you’re wondering what I used to put my lip balm in…I found an old chap stick tube and used that. However, you can also use small containers from the craft aisle at the dollar store.