Healing Lip Salve Recipe

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

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.) Here’s where I got the ingredients:

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Healing Lip Salve Recipe
Healing lip salve recipe with soothing herbs, essential oils, beeswax and other nourishing ingredients.
Recipe type: Beauty
  • 1 cups of olive or almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon echinacea root (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon comfrey leaf (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of plantain leaf (herb-not banana!)
  • 1 teaspoon of calendula flowers (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon yarrow flowers (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary leaf (optional)
  • ¼ cup beeswax pastilles
  • ½ tsp grapefruit seed extract or vitamin E oil to preserve (optional)
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil for scent/cooling/soothing (optional)
  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 ¼ 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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Reader Comments

    • says

      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…

  1. Becca says

    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!

    • says

      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.

  2. Peg O'Brien says

    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.

    • Peg O'Brien says

      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.

    • Peg O'Brien says

      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.

  3. Jody C says

    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?

    • says

      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….

      • Jody C says

        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?

        • says

          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.

          • Jody C says

            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.

  4. Linda says

    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.

  5. Sylvia says

    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!

    • Ranjeeta says

      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.

  6. Kester says

    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?

    • says

      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…

  7. Initial A says

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

  8. Kates says

    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?


  9. Candie says

    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,

  10. Reba Gravelle says

    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?

  11. says

    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

  12. Reba Gravelle says

    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.

  13. Brenda says

    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! :-)

  14. Sam says

    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?

  15. pati says

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

    • Leslie says

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

  16. Jen says

    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!!!

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