These lip balms hold local calendula flowers (skin soothing support for almost everyone), lemon balm (soothing, anti-viral, helps some folks with cold sores), and plantain (our beautiful, beloved skin-healing support "weed") plus a little local cottonwood bud infused oil as well (skin healing, smells great, and helps keep the balm from going rancid or molding). This nourishing, softening lip balm is a celebration of local plants, flowers, and trees. No essential oils--just the natural scent of the flowers and buds infused into organic olive oil, so the balm is gentle, nourishing, maybe even a bit comforting, and nothing else.
And, as with all new products, you should still start slow and make sure you/your family’s bodies like the plants in this balm. Discontinue use if your body isn’t happy. There is one drop of castor oil per tin of lip balm to make it silky smooth and even more softening. In much higher doses, castor oil can be used a laxative, so please don’t sit down and eat dozens of tins of lip balm. Come to think of it, don’t eat even one tin of lip balm. The balm is for your lips not your belly. Please share this tip with children if the lip balm is shared with children.
Ingredients: Ethically wild-gathered local plantain leaves and windfall black cottonwood buds from beneath friends' trees after winter windstorms, our own calendula flowers and lemon balm leaves and soft upper stems infused into organic olive oil, plus Shea butter, beeswax, one drop of castor oil per tin, and a pinch of beet root powder (added to make the salve a subtle pink in the tin—not enough added to make the balm color or stain lips pink).
Size and packaging: Lip balm is in a one-ounce reusable, food grade, round gold metal tin with a twist-off top made by Specialty Bottle, Seattle Wa. Labels are moisture-resistant film lip balm labels by Avery. The twist-off tops were chosen (instead of pull-straight-off tops) because if you accidentally forget them in your purse in a hot car, and the balm melts, the twist off tops help keep the balm in the container better.
Medical Disclaimer: Western medicine advises that people with low thyroid disease not over-indulge in too much lemon balm. I have low thyroid disease and have no problem drinking lemon balm in tea and using this lip balm regularly--but that's me, not you. You may be different...The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist, trained in the Wise Woman tradition, who leans on ever-deepening relationships with local forests and plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors (my own and others), other herbalists, and learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as experienced by those with different ancestors than my own. I am especially interested in the emotional support offered by the plants and trees around and nearest to us. I make my products to support human friends in reconnecting with the trees and plants near them and to help them as they deepen relationships with these wise and often leafy community members that so many in my own culture can no longer even see, let alone lean on for support. I believe these things are what we need to learn more about or become better at right now. I don't study illness and disease, I'm not a medical doctor or a scientist (my masters and doctorate degrees are in education), and I've also never been pregnant. So, please, to make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, have allergies, or if you are using this product with young children. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.