There’s just something wonderful about the tangy, spicy heat and sweetness of the holiday classic – peppermint lip balm. Peppermint is a universally beloved peppermint flavoring and also serves as a natural antiseptic for open sores and cracked lips. The cold weather can often cause dry, chapped lips, too.
So do them (and yourself) a favor and treat them to this easy DIY peppermint lip balm recipe. Not only will this lip balm to smooth out dryness and soreness around the lips, but it can also help you ward off colds and flu this winter. Plus, if you’re looking for a safe, natural stocking stuffer, a little homemade balm can be a natural gift this holiday season, too!
To make your own peppermint lip balm, simply melt some natural coconut oil into a bowl of hot water. Next, add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil into the warm oil and stir until the oil has melted completely. Leave the mixture on the lips for a few minutes, then remove it and allow it to cool completely.
Now that you’ve got your peppermint lip balm, you’re ready for a great gift! Gift baskets are always a hit, and they’re even better when they include ingredients like your handmade lip balm in them. Just make sure you find containers in holiday shapes, and maybe even in cute animal shapes. There are lots of cute containers with holiday themes to choose from – including Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween and more.
Another great idea for holiday gifts is to make a mixture of peppermint essential oil, sweetened vanilla oleoresin, olive oil, and honey. You’ll need about two cups of all three ingredients, which you should have sitting around the house. First, make your mixture by combining the coconut milk, olive oil, and honey. Then, add the peppermint essential oil into the mixture and mix thoroughly. Finally, add the vanilla oleoresin into the mixture, and stir to combine.
Another great way to give peppermint lip balm as a holiday gift is to make a mixture of pure beeswax and olive oil. You’ll need about one cup of each, as well as about a teaspoon of ground peppermint. The mixture can be applied to dry lips, or on the lips as a balm. Simply heat the beeswax and olive oil, and then stir to combine.
If you’re trying to treat cracked lips without painkillers or any other harsh chemicals, then peppermint lip balm is the perfect option. Peppermint oil not only has the same healing qualities as other essential oils, but it also has the added bonus of being a natural antibiotic. It can even help fight off colds!
Finally, here’s a healthy alternative to making your own homemade lip balm recipe – instead of buying it in the store, try making your own candy cane lip balm. All you need to do is melt some natural waxes and use a food processor to liquefy the resulting mixture. Add some natural essential oils into the melted mixture, and allow it to cool. Once it has cooled, you can pour it into small jars, label them accordingly, and stick them in your freezer. When you want to use the waxes for creating your homemade lip balm, simply take a few out of the jars and pull them from your freezer.
In addition to keeping your own peppermint lip balm in your freezer, you can also make use of the little tubes of lip balms that are sold in drugstores and discount groceries. Peppermint is one of the most popular flavoring extracts used in candy cane lip balms. However, it can burn your mouth if you happen to have an open flame burning near your mouth. To avoid this, you can refrigerate the tube in a small bowl of water and place it on a counter or table near your cooking area.
The wonderful thing about using the tubes is that you won’t have to worry about burning your lips because they contain all natural, organic ingredients. Peppermint oils, essential oils, and coconut oils are perfect for keeping your lips moisturized, soft, and nourished. Peppermint will also leave your lips feeling very warm. Coconut oil is a healthy fat that you should be using on a regular basis. Since it has been shown to be helpful in reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and reducing symptoms of heart disease, it should be part of your daily regimen.
To get the most out of your peppermint essential oil, you should always remember to stir your lips every few hours. If you forget to stir before you put your lip balm in your mouth, you could end up with some harsh side effects such as a dry, cracked lip skin. If you leave the tube of lip balm in your mouth for too long, you could also run the risk of stinging your lips or burning them. It is recommended that you always stir your lips in the morning and right before you go to bed. While you’re at it, also make sure you quickly pour some of that melted peppermint essence over any ice cubes you have in your freezer so that you can get the best, most refreshing flavor.