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. Grace Jenkins Avatar
    Grace Jenkins

    I have been struggling with really bad chapped lips so I made this salve. It’s working miracles and really helping but I am not sure about the consistency. I mixed 1/4 cup of the oil with 1/4 beeswax and when it cooled it became very hard. Too hard to spread on my lips so I remelted it and added more oil but it’s still very hard. Any tips for making it more spreadable?

  2. Jess M Avatar

    I was just wondering how much Vitamin E oil you use in this recipe. Thank you!

  3. Brittany Avatar

    What do you think about incorporating lard into this recipe? Possibly sub out some of the oils??

  4. Amy Avatar

    Same here! I’ve been waiting to see if anyone mentions it in the comments!

  5. Karen Avatar

    How much grapefruit seed extract or Vitamin E is used in the recipe?

  6. Sarah Avatar

    Is it safe to add menthol crystals to this recipe instead of peppermint EO? If so, is one stronger/safer than the other?

  7. Valentina Avatar

    Dear Katie,

    I made this recipe today with my little sister but we found that though this would have been perfect for a chapstick tube, in the glass container it’s really hard to get the lip salve out. Also, I was told that with essential oils you shouldn’t use plastic because it releases toxins which is why I refrained from using the tubes in the first place. What should we do?

  8. Erica J Avatar

    I am looking at this recipe and noticed there is no amount listed to the grapefruit seed extract it the vitamin E oil he much should be used?

  9. Aliona Avatar

    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

  10. Johnna Avatar

    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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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!

  11. Sandy Avatar

    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?

  12. Nancy Avatar

    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 🙂

  13. angie sam Avatar
    angie sam

    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!

  14. Jen Avatar

    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!!!

    1. Denese Avatar

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

  15. pati Avatar

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

    1. Leslie Avatar

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

    2. Greg Avatar

      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.

  16. Holly Avatar

    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!

  17. Sam Avatar

    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?

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