But I'm waiting by the phone, instead. My oldest son had a bit of an emergency this afternoon, and so I'm waiting to hear from my husband what the outcome is.
I don't do 'waiting' very well.
To keep myself from crawling up the walls, I've decided to do a little mini project to try to keep myself occupied. My youngest son has some serious chapped lips at the moment (poor sensitive-skinned little guy!). So I guess home made lip balm is as good a project as any!
Besides, making lip balm may sooth me, too!
It's really easy to make. Here's how:
|Gather your tools. . .|
- Double boiler (or a metal bowl that fits on top of a small saucepan without falling inside)
- Measuring Spoons
- Heat proof lip balm containers
- 4 Teaspoons Organic Coconut Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil (Olive, Jojoba or Apricot Kernel Oil works, too)
- 2 Teaspoons Grated Beeswax or Cocoa Butter
- Place all ingredients in the top of the double boiler
- Heat over simmering water, stirring until completely melted
- Transfer balm to heat proof containers
- Let cool until completely solid
- (Keep away from heat, though, as coconut oil melts easily: don't put the container in your pocket!)
That's it! Of course, there are LOTS of tweaks and twists you can do to make it even better:
|Choose your ingredients. . .|
- Add 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (lavender, orange, etc.) after mix is melted and removed from heat
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (or prick and squeeze three Vitamin E capsules) into mix after melting
- Add 1 Teaspoon Coco Powder into mix after melting (chocolate with orange or mint essential oil is awesome!)
- Steep 1 Teaspoon of herbs (rosemary, thyme, lemon verbena, etc.) in mix as it's melting and strain off before pouring balm into pots
- Steep a few organic Rose Petals, crushed, in your mix as it's melting and remove before pouring balm into pots (chocolate and rose go great together, btw!)
- Add 1/4 - 1/2 inch slice of your favorite natural lipstick to tint the balm to your liking
Note: The basic balm (and most variations!) is excellent for chapped hands and even feet, too, so feel free to double or triple the recipe and keep a pot of it on hand!
I wonder if it will work on a mother's frayed nerves, too?
|And wait for it to cool!!!|