Red Clover Lip Gel

Dry, chapped lips? Try this old folk remedy to find relief.

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Red Clover Lip Gel

Makes 1/2 ounce

Here’s an old folk remedy for dry, chapped lips. You can find red clover blossoms at your natural food store, or possibly in your own garden. Its flowers yield a sweet, honey-like substance that has anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.

• ½ tablespoon dried red clover flowers OR 1 tablespoon fresh flowers
• ¼ cup water
• ¼ teaspoon clover honey
• ⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
• ⅛ teaspoon cornstarch

In a small pan, bring clover, water and honey to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, then strain liquid. Return liquid to pan and stir in oil and cornstarch, mixing well. Heat mixture until it forms a clear gel (about 1 to 2 minutes). Cool gel completely, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a clean container.

For more lip gloss and lip balm recipes, read the original article, Body & Soul: Soothing Lip Glosses and Lip Balm Recipes.