Q: What are the recipes for “Soothing Glosses and Lip Balms?”
via e-mail, from Kathy
A: Great question. As winter is the driest season, your lips are not alone in the quest for nourishment.
Here are a couple of my favorite recipes taken from Janice Cox’s January 2009 article, Body and Soul: Soothing Glosses and Balms.
From Body and Soul: Soothing Glosses and Balms.
Aloe Vera Lip Gloss
Makes ½ ounce
This light lip gloss will protect, shine and moisturize your lips. Aloe vera gel’s high moisture content is very soothing. If you have an aloe plant, simply split one of the leaves lengthwise and squeeze out some of the clear gel.
• 1 teaspoon fresh aloe vera gel?
• ½ teaspoon coconut oil
• ? teaspoon vitamin E oil
1. Mix together aloe and oils; stir well.
2. Pour into a small, clean container.
Red Cover 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
• ? teaspoon vitamin E oil?
• ? teaspoon cornstarch
1. In a small pan, bring clover, water and honey to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, then strain liquid. Return liquid to pan and stir in oil and cornstarch, mixing well.
3. Heat mixture until it forms a clear gel (about 1 to 2 minutes).
4. Cool gel completely, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a clean container.