Lemon Balm Lip Salve for Cold Sores

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Herbs
TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 10 min
Cook: 30 min
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ingredients

  • 1 3/4 ounces fresh lemon balm leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons wheatgerm oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
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Directions

Add one-third of the lemon balm leaves, the olive oil and wheatgerm oil to a pan. Crush the leaves and stir over low heat until it starts to bubble, 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Strain the oil through a muslin-lined sieve or colander into a bowl, squeezing the leaves to get out all the remaining juice. Throw away the squeezed leaves.

Repeat this process twice more with the remaining 2 batches of lemon balm leaves, using the same oil.

Place the oil in a pan over low heat and stir in the beeswax and honey until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the tea tree oil.

Pour the salve into small sterilized jars, where it will set solid within 10 minutes. Apply to cold sores whenever needed.

The salve will keeps for up to 1 year.

Notes

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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  • on March 15, 2014

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    this is great! very easy to make and everyone i made it for loved it.

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