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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Lips Parched? Try This Natural Balm

Lips Parched? Try This Natural Balm

After a long day of skiing, or just working outdoors, you may find your lips are as dry as a piece of toast. Just use this recipe to make an all-purpose balm that not only moisturizes the lips, but softens fingertips, cuticles, heels and elbows.

Dry Skin and Lip Balm Recipe

1/3 c. melted beeswax

1 1/2 c. olive oil

1 tablespoon glycerin, vegetable, USP (Available in the pharmacy section.)

Melt the beeswax over low heat in a pot or double boiler. In a separate pot, heat the olive oil and glycerin but not to boil, just to heat it.

Add the beeswax to the olive oil and stir over low heat until combined. Then pour into small glass jars or little round tins and allow it to cool at room temperature before sealing with lids.

Note: If you don’t find glycerin in the pharmacy section of your favorite store, ask the pharmacist to order it for you.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.