I have made lip balms with powdered mint leaves which turn out very pretty. The trick is to not use too many botanicals for things that won't be used up quickly, although, I had a "Bevstick" full of spearmint that lasted a year until I finally finished with it. Also, an oil infusion from certain healing herbs works well for the oil portion of the lip balms (calendula, St John's wort, plantain, etc.).
You can also make booboo balms (hard healing salves) and put them in the lip balm tubes... especially good for insect bites and minor injuries to carry in your pocket/purse.
I am hoping to post more detailed info in Cubits once the Blog function is up and running.
Jo, Do you smoke? That used to be my problem with peeling bottom lip, and coffee didn't help.
There are many herbs you could use, but look for one that has healing properties, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and/or anti-fungal, and is easy for you to come by. I use a lot of calendula, plantain, and/or St John's wort oil. They can be made by infusing the herb and olive oil, or try coconut oil; keep below 110 degrees for a couple weeks; strain out the herbs.
Use the oil as is or use any lip balm recipe and substitute your healing herb oils for whatever is called for in the formula.
My husband has excema bad and the only thing that helps him is virgin coconut oil, he put it on his face where it breaks out and it keeps it from breaking out, and makes him smell good too LOL I bet coconut oil would helpyour lips too
I get my coconut oil at Walmart for about $4-5 a 32oz container. It's LouAna label located with the shortening. It's not the best kind, not virgin, and I'm sure it has been processed to death, but it's cheap and it works for me, for now. It has no odor or taste. I bought some of the "good" virgin coconut oil (pricey), but have not had a chance to use it, or compare it to the LouAna brand yet.