Healing Lip Salve Recipe

Healing Lip Balm Recipe- great for chapped lips and easy to make

To continue the theme of DIY natural lip care recipes, I’m sharing this recipe for homemade healing lip salve. I really like homemade lipstick and homemade tinted lip balm, but sometimes I just want something to help with dry lips after gardening or being outside in wind/snow but don’t want color, shine, or scent.

This recipe is also great for guys and for kids as it isn’t brightly colored or strongly scented. This recipe incorporates optional healing herbs that help heal and protect the lips, but you can leave these ingredients out to have an unscented and simply moisturizing version. Homemade healing lip balm/salve also lasts forever, since a little goes a really long way.

The herbal ingredients are naturally moisturizing, antibacterial, and anti-fungal, and some people have success with using it to speed healing of cold sores. It doesn’t contain petroleum or chemicals like most commercial lip products so you can feel safe using it on yourself of your kids.

All ingredients and tins and lip chap containers to store it in are available here. (Storing in a lip-chap container makes it portable and easy to apply.)

Lip Balm Ingredients

Lip Balm Instructions

  1. Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two ways to do this. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave 3-4 weeks, shaking daily OR heat the herbs and olive oil over low/low heat in a double boiler for 3 hours (low heat!) until the oil is very green. You can also omit this step completely, or just a drop of each of the essential oils instead.
  2. Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring through a cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil out.
  3. Discard the herbs.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup of the infused oil in a double boiler with the beeswax until melted and mixed. (save the extra oil for use on wounds/cuts or for another batch of lip salve).
  5. Pour into small tins, glass jars or lip chap tubes and use on dry or chapped lips.

Do your lips ever get chapped? Have you ever infused an oil? Let me know below!

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  1. Quick question, I have just a solid pound of beeswax, do you know how much in weight the 1/4 cup of pastilles? Thanks!

    • I don’t know off hand… I would guess about 2 ounces, but with a block, just grate with a cheese grater and it should be about the same size/weight as the pastilles.

    • Powdered or just cut and sifted dried herbs, and then they get strained out before the salve is made so it is smooth. You could use powdered if it was fine enough, but you’d only need about half as much…

  2. Do you have recipe for soap…as in body soap…i live all of yoyr homemade stuff

  3. Where do you get essential oils for plantain, comfrey, calendula, and echinacea? The directions say you can substitute one drop of essential oil for the herbs. You can get yarrow and rosemary oils from Mountain Rose Herbs but not the others. Thanks!

    • If you have a Whole foods or natural food store locally, you can probably find them there. Also, I haven’t tried them personally, but companies like Young Living and DoTerra sell a wide variety.

    • Mountain Rose Herbs has everything you can ask for and very reasonable . Check out the web site.

    • I think you can get a calendula oil, but plantain, comfrey, and echinacea do not contain essential oil, and therefore you won’t be able to purchase it.

  4. I had found a lip balm specifically targeted for cold sores from Jenulence that really worked well. Very similar ingredients, they use Lemon Balm, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Calendula and Ravensara (all infused olive oils (except the Ravensara. that was essential oil)). Works great but the scent is not so awesome (fortunately it dissipates quickly). Seriously knocks down even a cold sore that has gotten out of hand. And after having used it just once, I will sometimes get that telltale tingle, but nothing ever comes of it (I would get a cold sore at the slightest sign of stress or minimal sun exposure). I still use it occasionally just as a lip balm since it leaves your lips seriously soft, but haven’t needed to treat another cold sore. I’ve been planning on trying to reverse engineer it and see if something can’t be done about that smell. It is pretty off-putting.

    • Hm. Just read through your recipe again, I’m thinking that peppermint oil is just the ticket! I was thinking of reducing some of the others, but overwhelming them might be better. All the benefits, none of the reek.

    • Oops, they have Manuka EO in it too. Both the Ravensara and the Manuka have anti-viral properties. And some shea butter, which is probably why it’s so luxurious feeling.

      • For specific cold sore treatment, I’d actually add Ora Wellness Brushing Blend. It has Manuka, cinnamon and peppermint and would be great.

  5. I just made an infused oil with calendula, plantain, rosemary, and yarrow. Now that it has been strained through coffee filters twice, it really stinks! I really don’t want to make an ointment or lip balm that reeks. Any advice please?

    • Does it smell strongly of the herbs or does it actually smell bad? It will smell stronger in a big jar like that, and the other ingredients you add will mellow it out a lot for an ointment. Essential oils can also help it smell how you’d like….

      • It is very dark green in color and I guess you could say it smells “green” like the herbs. I’m wondering if I should have fully dried the herbs first? I let the plantain dry out for a day and the same with the calendula, but I put the rosemary in right off the bush and the yarrow too. Let’s just say it’s a very, very strong smell/odor. I don’t know if I would want to rub it into my skin. Perhaps the essential oils would cover some of the smell. What do you think?

        • If you used all fresh herbs, it will be stronger and more green. It may look and smell weird, but it should work wonders for any blisters, bites, itching or cuts… The essential oils should really help with the smell too.

          • OK, I’m going to use it. Do you think I have a greater chance of spoilage with the fresh herbs? Or will the E oil or grapefruit seed extract be enough to cover that? Thanks so much for your help. I sincerely appreciate it.

          • You should be covered, as long as they were covered in the oil, they should be preserved…

          • Thank you very much.

  6. My kids always complain that most lip balms that I buy are “hot”. They really don’t like that medicated, tingly feeling! Does this recipe make balm that is like that, or is it more soothing? They will not tolerate any burning feeling on their lips at all.

    • It isn’t hot at all but you can omit any mint to make sure

      • And add lavender essential oil..very soothing

  7. Where can I find the herbs needed to make this?

  8. My lips seem to always be chapped! Very recently I have just started using pure jojoba oil, but this salve sounds great, I can’t wait to try making it!

    • Hi Sylvia,

      For dry lips try rubbing any oil to your navel. This greatly helps me and is home remedy being used in my family from generations.

  9. I didn’t have a double broiler, so I’m trying to make the infused oil using a crockpot. I’m using all dried herbs and sweet almond oil. It’s been in the slow cooker on low for about 24 hours and still isn’t green. Any tips on how to get this method to work?

    • What proportions of each did you use? The amounts listed? Are they directly in the crockpot or in a jar in there and what is the temp? It may just take longer at a lower temp…

  10. If somebody makes any products of your shared recipes, would you mind if he/she sells them without telling you in advance? Thank you.

  11. If somebody makes any products of your shared recipes, would you mind if
    he/she sells them without telling you in advance? Thank you.

  12. Sounds great!

  13. About how many lip balm tubes will this recipe fill?

      • Thanks!

  14. I’m looking to make a lip balm that includes black walnut hull, known for helping cold sores, would this work in a healing lip balm or is there another recipe that would work better? I checked your herb profile for black walnut hull, which gave a great review of the herb but no recipes. Any suggestions?


    • You could add to this recipe without a problem…

      • Perfect! Approx. how much would you add in?

  15. Does the salve work better if you use all essential oils in place of infused herbs?
    I have infused Plantain and Calendula flowers in olive oil in a mini crock pot.Strained it then added bees wax to make a VERY healing salve. I gave it to 2 separate people when they burned themselves. They didn’t blister.
    I started buying buying Doterra oils.
    If I used the essential oils in place of the infused herbs,
    would it be even more healing???

    Thank you,

  16. If I choose not to use the herbs at all, what amount of oil to beeswax should I use. May I just use the beeswax block I already have? How much?

  17. What a gift idea. I’m featuring it in my Homemade Gifts-in-a-Jar guest post over at Keeper of the Home! Hope it brings some new friends your way! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! 🙂 Kelly

  18. I made your remineralizing toothpaste, but it seemed pretty dry. I added another tablespoon of coconut oil and some more essential oil ( peppermint). Did I do the right thing? It’s a very stiff paste now.

  19. A lot of Grapefruit Seed Extract has triclosan in it! Look into it. Probably not a good idea…..

  20. I keep looking at this recipe and really want to try it! But, even though I have lots of ingredients for making my own products, there are many in this recipe that I’d have to buy just for this, which would make it cost prohibitive. Let’s just say I can only add 2-3 of the 6 flower/herbs listed – which do you think would be the best choices? I live in the dry desert with lots of sun, but no issues with cold sores…just dryness. Thanks for your help! Can’t wait to try this! 🙂

  21. Would it be safe to add zinc oxide or something to this to make it a lip sunscreen as well? How much would you suggest adding?

  22. I just put a dab of lanolin on my lips before bed to keep them soft and smooth. Curious if you have an opinion on that!

  23. Wondering what to use instead of beeswax? Any suggestions?

  24. You can always use Vaseline in place of beeswax it will be a bit softer or coconut oil as both will solidify when cooled .

    • Wouldn’t recommend using a petroleum based vaseline for healing. Cocoa butter has the same consistency at room temp it should work.

    • Vaseline (petroleum jelly) totally defeats the purpose of this recipe. It is not good for you at all. Coconut oil is wonderful for your lips and skin. Unless you are allergic to coconut oil, I would recommend to use it.

  25. Hi – I just did my trial batch before I start making this as part of my homemade Christmas gift baskets for my loved ones. It came out very hard – when I try to use my finger to get some out to apply I have to dig into it. Then when I went to apply the salve I can’t – it is very “thick” and unspreadable. I’m hoping I am describing this so that you actually get what I’m trying to say. What good is a healing lip salve if it can’t get on the lips 😉
    Is there a way to correct this? Maybe adding more oil?
    Thanks so much!!!

    • Less beeswax or more oil…start with small adjustments as it being too liquid is just as bad as being too hard.

  26. I’ve suffered for years with dry/chapped lips and have tried loads of different lip care treatments but nothing has made any difference until I read some reviews about the Somaluxe Lip Rescue. THANK GOD I TRIED IT. The SOmaluxe Lip Rescue really works! I found with other treatments such as vasaline I would have to reapply every half an hour or so, but I only have to reapply Somaluxe a couple of times a day or after I’ve eaten. It’s an excellent product and I will definitely be using this for a very long time, only been using it a couple of days and my lips are already much healthier and hydrated, haven’t seen them like this in years!

  27. Hi, would it be okay to use vitamin e oil in your natural tinted lip balm recipe? I just bought some and want to try it out 🙂

  28. Hi. I would love to try the lip balm recipe but I cannot use beeswax. I must have an allergy to it, because it actually makes my chapped lips worse. I have have had chapped lips my entire life (42 years and counting) no matter the climate. Have you ever heard of anyone else with this issue?

  29. I am making your lip balm “Burts Bee’s” alternative for our homeless here in Dallas. I just came across this healing salve. Can you tell me the difference? It requires a lot more ingredients. Just wondering if the balm is doing enough for those living outdoors or should I switch to this?
    Thank you

    • This Healing Lip Salve is a more intensive balm for dryer lips (hence the increase in ingredients). Thanks for the work you’re doing to reach out to those in need!

  30. Hi Katie,
    Can you add shea butter to this balm to make it more soothing or is this infused olive oil soothing enough? If adding shea butter – what proportion would you use of each?
    Thanks a lot! Aliona