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Make Your Own Lip Salve

In the midst of winter, life can become a challenge. Between extreme temperatures and buildings heated too warm and low humidity, our lips become chapped and needing help. What did those hardy frontier folks do?
They made their own chap stick. Below is a recipe, or as they called it, a receipt for Lip Salve from the 1810 book, How To Cook. The remedies and cosmetics found in this book are fun to read about and to try to replicate. Although, I will admit that this recipe is beyond me.

Lip Salve – Take 2 oz. of best white wax, 2 ozs. of ox marrow, that has been well steeped in water for 3 days; melt them in a bath heat, then squeeze in a pound of best musk grapes, through a fine sieve; add a drachma of alkanet. Let them simmer, then beat it with a silver spoon till nearly cold, when you must run it into the boxes.

Mmmm...Ox marrow – I’m not sure where I would get this. And then there’s Alkanet root – a plant that makes a red dye. I wouldn’t need much as a drachma – dram – is only 1/8 of a gram. I think I’ll just stop by the drugstore.

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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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