As part of our workshops in December, we made three delightful lip balm flavors. We made my classic lip balm that I’ve made in the past: calendula infused olive oil with and a hint of citrus. We made a peppermint cocoa with a hint of honey. And then we have a red tinted lip balm made with beet powder and a little peppermint. Hope you enjoy all three!
All in a base of shea butter, coconut oil and RI beeswax. Calendula: Calendula infused olive oil, orange essential oil. Hot Cocoa: organic cocoa powder, raw honey, peppermint essential oil. Red Tinted: organic beet powder, peppermint essential oil.
Immune System Tonic
Echinacea is a strong and effective immune system support herb, that is still for children and elderly, having no known side-effects. It is fascinating how this plant works; it is actually increasing the T-cell (white blood cell) activity in the body, thereby boosting the body’s first line of defense against colds, flus and other illnesses. It is used preventatively and curatively with wonderful success.
I added astragalus and tulsi to this blend because they boost the immune system in different ways than echinacea. They are both immunomodulators, meaning they nourish and strengthen over-all immune system function and also have specific properties that support different body systems.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine astragalus is a Spleen Qi tonic, bringing energy, stamina, improved digestion. It is also a Lung Qi tonic, strengthening the gateway to the body (our lungs), thus protecting us from invading viruses and bacteria. Plus, it stimulates the production of various components of the immune system.
Tulsi (aka Holy Basil) is an incredible ally during times of stress, helping our body adapt, stay healthy and balanced. Tulsi is also an anti-bacterial, anti-viral immune supportive herb that has range of actions, supporting the lungs and regulating cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Suggested Use: 15 drops every 2-3 hours or 1-3 dropperfuls 3 times per day. (A dropperful is equivalent to ¼ tsp or 35 drops) Use at the first signs of illness. Best to use in rotation: 5 days on, then 2 days off until sickness has passed. Then take a break until you need extra immune support again.
echinacea leaf, flower, roots and seeds, astragalus root, tulsi leaf, stem and flowers in grain alcohol and water