Heal cold sores using homemade lip balms

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A lot of people around the world have the HSV-1 virus that causes cold sore and it is estimated that 3.7 billion people have a chronic condition. In Europe, 69% of women and 61% of men have cold sores, while in the U.S., 49% of women and 39% of men suffer from cold sores.
Fortunately, for the majority of the infected people, cold sores do not stay very long, but they do stay for two to four weeks then they simply disappear. Our bodies usually treat this condition, but it does take some time, so to speed up your recovery, here are homemade lip balms that can help you do just that.
1- Shea Butter Lip Balm
You are going to need
  • an ounce Shea butter
  • an ounce of beeswax
  • a teaspoon of honey
  • an ounce of coconut oil
  • 15 to 20 drops of essential oil

Start by filling a medium pot half-way with water then put it on a stove preferably over medium heat, then proceed to put a small pot in the large tone to create a double boiler. When you do that, add Shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil to the small pot. When everything melts, remove from the heat and start whisking honey and essential oil. Once done, grab a funnel to transfer the obtained liquid to small tins, or if you like, small chapstick tubes. Let it stay for an hour or so until it cools down.

Healing Cold Sore Balm 
You are going to need:
  • 4 tablespoons lemon balm infused oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ tablespoon tamanu oil
  • ½ tablespoon castor oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon Shea butter or mango butter
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops clove bud oil

This method requires some preparations and it is effective, so pay good attention. Start by making the infused lemon balm oil by filling a quarter of a heat-proof jar with crumbled dried lemon balm leaves, then start pouring in either olive or sunflower oil slowly until the jar is almost full. Once done, fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, then put the jar in it. Turn on the heat to either low or medium-low and let it sit there for a couple of hours with you supervising to make sure that no herbs are burnt. Once the infusion is done, start straining and place in a sealed jar in a dark and cool spot for a year.

Now to make the lip balm, mix all of the ingredients in a heatproof container, then fill a saucepan with a few inches of water and place the container in it, then start heating over medium-low heat until you notice that the butter and was are completely melted. Once checked, remove everything from the heat and start stirring. Take the obtained liquid and store it in individual containers.

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