This weekend I asked myself what the most logical and practical thing would be for me to do on Sunday. My potential list included things like: packing a hospital bag, finding my doula’s phone number, doing prenatal yoga, finishing putting away baby clothes…you get the idea.
So what did I decide to do?
Make lip balm!
Cinnamon Tangerine Lip Balm
2 Tbsp shea butter (I buy this one)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp beeswax (I buy one like this)
1/2 tsp beet powder (I buy this one)
20 drops cinnamon oil (I only use Young Living oils)
20 drops tangerine oil
Directions: melt the butter, oil, and beeswax in a double boiler on low, stirring occasionally. Once melted completed, add 1/2 tsp beet powder (I had a bit of trouble getting an entire 1/2 tsp to dissolve, so you might want to go with a bit less). Stir in essential oils. Pour into containers (use tin or glass, not plastic!). This will harden pretty quickly! It’s so smooth and amazing…
This filled 10 small lip balm containers (0.25oz each).
This is the smoothest most amazing lip balm I’ve ever used, if I do say so myself! I haven’t used shea butter before, and although it smells kind of weird in the package, that goes away once you heat it up. Side note: find a really small pan because beeswax is annoying to clean—I ended up rubbing the excess of this (that was coating the pan) all over my arms — because it was just getting everywhere when I tried to wash it. My hands and arms are like silk now! Ultimately, I think wiping out the pan with a paper towel and then just putting it in the dishwasher is the best cleaning method for this–soap cut through it, but not super well.
I felt really sick over the weekend—like at 2am on Sunday, I thought I was either going to die or go into labor. I had a horrible headache too, so I rubbed some peppermint essential oil into my temples and that felt amazing (note: some people say not to use peppermint oil during pregnancy, but I’ve been using it occasionally with no troubles–I just don’t ingest it).
I gave one of the lip balms to my cousin (who is very skeptical of all the weird natural things I do), and she loved it so much she decided I should go into business. I told her I would… only if she got one of her tv stars to be my spokesperson. For free.
I realized I never posted my last pregnancy update… and it’s outdated now, so I’ll just hit you with a week 38 update later this week. I’m getting a bit uncomfortable, but still sleeping like a baby so I have no complaints. I wish I would start nesting—my poor baby is going to be embarrassed of me right off the bat if I don’t even pack a hospital bag. I’ll get my act together today or tomorrow for sure.