Have you ever heard of Alkanet Root? I just learned about it myself from my local herbalist who said it makes a stunning and all-natural ruby-red infused oil with which an all-natural lip tint can be crafted. Alkanet root is primarily used as a dying and coloring agent, especially for fabrics, soap, and lip balm. You may purchase Alkanet Root from Mountain Rose Herbs (my herbalist gets her's from them too!) by clicking HERE. This recipe makes 28 grams which is enough to fill 5 lip balm tubes.
This is what Alkanet Root looks like. It is also known as Batschia canescens, Hoary puccoon, Lithospermum canescens, and Dyer's bugloss....I think Alkanet is easier to pronounce!! I don't think my friends would be willing to try my "Hoary Puccoon Lip Balm".
Measure out your favorite food grade carrier oil into a small glass container. I like to infuse a bit more than what I use in a single recipe so I have more on hand for future uses. I did a ratio of 1/4 cup sweet almond oil to 1 tablespoon of Alkanet Root.
|Alkanet Root and Sweet Almond Oil|
I did not want to wait several days for the ruby-red magic to happen, so I gently heated my oil on a mug warmer for about 1 hour.
See how pretty the oil is now!! You need to strain the oil into another clean glass container.
Pretty amazing transformation!!!!! We are now ready to craft our lip tint.
For this recipe, I used the following ingredients.........
14 grams Alkanet Infused Sweet Almond Oil
7 grams Kokum Butter
5 grams Beeswax
1 gram Vitamin E (7500 IU)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
You simply melt the sweet almond oil, kokum butter and beeswax in a glass measuring cup until melted, add in your vitamin E and peppermint essential oil and then fill your lip balm tubes to the very very top and allow to cool before capping. (**See my previous post for more detailed instructions on making lip balm HERE).
Here they are in their full ruby-red glory. I chose a simple label made with clear sticker paper that I ran through my ink-jet printer.