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Friday, November 18, 2016

Fair Friday- Natural Lip Balm



I am starting my crafting for the holidays. I like to do at least some homemade gifts every year.  My first project was a couple of different lip balms. They are super easy to make and really fast.

I got everything for the project on Amazon including the jars and labels for the finished project.
The first has lavender and tea tree essential oils. Both are safe on the skin and have properties that are thought to soothe the skin.  You can use also use fragrance oils if they are cosmetic grade.

Lavender Lip Balm

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1 tablespoon almond oil
2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops lavender oil
5 drops rose hip oil ( optional)

Put the oils and beeswax pellets in a glass measuring cup. I used a pyrex one with a handle.  Place the measuring cup in a pan of water.  I hook the handle on the side of the pan. Heat the water until everything melts, stirring occasionally.  Take from the heat and stir in the essential oils.  Pour into tins and allow to cool. Made 12, one ounce tins.

Citrus Lip Balm

2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
2 tablespoons shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops lemon oil
10 drops orange oil
10 drops grapefruit oil
5 drops vitamin E oil (optional)

Put the oils and beeswax pellets in a glass measuring cup. I used a pyrex one with a handle.  Place the measuring cup in a pan of water.  I hook the handle on the side of the pan. Heat the water until everything melts, stirring occasionally.  Take from the heat and stir in the essential oils.  Pour into tins and allow to cool. Made 12, one ounce tins.

Be sure to keep an eye on the mixture the entire time it is on the stove. Happy gift giving.

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 207 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland,Iran and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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