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Homemade lip balm

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 On one of are many snowed in days, Small and I found ourselves inching to do something. We decided to make chapstick.

Using the chamomile and goldenrod we dried in late summer, bees wax (brought with us from Kansas) and sunflower oil, Small and I created a healing, very soothing lip protectant. Medium used it on his cracked lips, and within a few days it was healed up. Small is very proud of himself.  

6 cups dried flowers (goldenrod and chamomile)
2 cups sunflower oil
a scant 2 cups of grated bees wax
I don’t have a double boiler, so I use a metal bowl over a pot filled less than half way with water. Place your dried flowers and oil into the bowl, and bring it to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for 1 hour.
Strain through a colander lined with cheese cloth, into a clean bowl. Once it cools down enough to handle, squeeze the cheesecloth, removing as much oil as possible.
If using the same double boiler or bowl, make sure it is clean and dry before pouring your oil into it. Bring to a simmer and slowly add the beeswax, stirring it until all is dissolved. 
Carefully pour the hot liquid into your containers. Allow to fully cool before using.


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