Healing Lip Salve Recipe

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To continue the theme of DIY natural lip care recipes, I’m sharing this recipe for homemade herbal lip balm. I love my homemade lipstick and tinted lip balm, but sometimes I just want something for dry lips. After gardening or being outside in the wind/snow my lips can start to get chapped, but I don’t want color or shine.

This recipe is also great for guys and kids since it isn’t brightly colored or strongly scented. The natural lip balm uses an optional nourishing herbal infusion that helps heal and protect lips. You can also leave these ingredients out to have an unscented version that still offers hydration. Plus it’s easy to add a little more healing and scent with essential oils if desired.

I also like that this herbal lip balm lasts practically forever since a little goes a really long way. Organic lip balm is also great for stocking stuffers and small gifts!

Lip Balm With Herbs

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

Here I’ve used a blend of echinacea, comfrey, plantain leaf, calendula, and a few others. Chamomile and lemon balm are also nice botanicals to add. Lemon balm specifically helps with cold sores so it’s a nice addition if they’re an issue for you.

Other Nourishing Ingredients

I use a liquid oil thickened with organic beeswax as the base of the herbal lip balm. Certain seed oils, like almond, apricot, and avocado seed oil work well here. Apricot and avocado are thicker though and need diluted in something like olive oil, sweet almond, or coconut oil.

You could also replace a little bit of the beeswax with shea butter or cocoa butter. Keep in mind shea butter is much softer than beeswax so you may need to reduce the liquid oil a little to compensate.

Scenting Your Herbal Lip Balm

I usually leave this unscented, but you can add some fragrance with essential oils if preferred. Sweet orange, lavender, and even frankincense are some good options. Or I’ll sometimes add some peppermint. You could even make a chai version with a tiny bit of cinnamon leaf (not bark) and cardamom essential oils.

Phototoxic essential oils, like bergamot and lime, should not be used.

How to Infuse the Oil

There are several ways to infuse the herbs into the liquid carrier oil. The longer version is to combine the herbs and oil in a glass jar and leave it to infuse for 2-4 weeks. You’ll want to shake the jar every so often. The faster option is to use a double boiler. Place the herbs and oil in the top of a double boiler for 1-3 hours over low heat until the oil is a deep green.

After infusing, strain the herbs out by pouring the mixture through a cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil out. Compost your herbs when done.

You can store your finished creation in a tin, or use a lip balm tube for even easier application.

herbal lip salve
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Healing Herbal Lip Balm

This nourishing lip salve is infused with healing herbs for chapped, hurting lips. Great for all ages and guys too!
Prep Time3 hours
Active Time10 minutes
Yield: 4 ounces
Author: Katie Wells



  • Infuse the herbs into the liquid oil. See above for more details.
  • 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 another batch of lip salve.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the essential oil and vitamin E oil (if using).
  • Pour into small tins, glass jars, or lip balm tubes and use on dry or chapped lips.


  • Store in a cool, dry place and use clean hands to apply. 
  • This will last for about 6 months if stored properly (a little longer if you use the vitamin E oil). 

Another easy DIY I love is my Mint Chocolate Lip Scrub.

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

This DIY healing lip salve helps sooth dry and chapped lips immediately. Easy to make and natural so it is safe for use on kids.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


73 responses to “Healing Lip Salve Recipe”

  1. Brenda Avatar

    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! 🙂

  2. Lauren Avatar

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

  3. Reba Gravelle Avatar
    Reba Gravelle

    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.

  4. Kelly Avatar

    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

  5. Reba Gravelle Avatar
    Reba Gravelle

    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?

  6. Candie Avatar

    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,

  7. Kates Avatar

    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?


  8. Initial A Avatar
    Initial A

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

  9. Arina Shaifuddin Avatar
    Arina Shaifuddin

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

  10. Kester Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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…

  11. Sylvia Avatar

    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!

    1. Ranjeeta Avatar

      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.

  12. Linda Avatar

    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.

  13. Jody C Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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….

      1. Jody C Avatar

        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?

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          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.

          1. Jody C Avatar

            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.

          2. Wellness Mama Avatar
            Wellness Mama

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

  14. Peg O'Brien Avatar
    Peg O’Brien

    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.

    1. Peg O'Brien Avatar
      Peg O’Brien

      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.

    2. Peg O'Brien Avatar
      Peg O’Brien

      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.

      1. Wellness Mama Avatar
        Wellness Mama

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

  15. Becca Avatar

    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!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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. Pati Avatar

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

    3. Tina Sams Avatar
      Tina Sams

      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.

  16. jaci Avatar

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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…

  17. Jennifer Marquis Avatar
    Jennifer Marquis

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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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.

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