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A Good Salve for Sore Lips -
Alkanna Tinctoria

A Good Salve for Sore Lips

He had frequently observed, as he walked, that one handsome face would be followed by thirty, or five-and-thirty frights; and once, as he had stood in a shop on Bond Street, he had counted eighty-seven women go by, one after another, without there being a tolerable face among them. It had been a frosty morning, to be sure, a sharp frost, which hardly one woman in a thousand could stand the test of.... Such scarecrows as the streets were full of! - Sir Walter Elliot, Persuasion

When it's cold and windy out, it is hard to keep one's complexion looking it's best. One help is chapstick- to protect your lips from getting dried and cracked in the bitter winter months. Have fun trying this month's vintage recipe!!
A Good Salve for Sore Lips Take an oz of beeswax; put it into an oz of good salad oyl, melt it over a fire and clour it with alkemy root [Alkanna Tinctoria]; when it has boiled and is of a fine red, strain it and drop in three pennyworth of balsam of Peru. Then pour it into the bottoms of teacups that it may turn out in cakes. From Martha Lloyd's Household Book. Submitted by Mrs. Fowle

Making Your Own Chapstick

  • Mix equal parts of beeswax, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter in a small microwave safe dish.
  • Place in the microwave on high for 30 second intervals until melted, stirring in between each time to help melt the beeswax. You may do this on the stove instead.
  • Pour warm mixture into lip balm tubes or small pots and let harden overnight.
  • You can adjust the amount of beeswax if you are not happy with this formula; you may wish to use a little bit less beeswax if you are using the lip balm pots.
  • Walnut oil may sometimes be substituted for almond oil. It works just as well, and costs a bit less.
  • Ingredients may be bought online at

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