The Dangers in Lip Balm Use
Bet you didn’t know that something as innocuous as lip balm can be dangerous. Well, under certain circumstances it can.
For instance, whether Ormus Lip Balm you make your own product or buy a commercial version, lip balm can be:
A traffic hazard if you take your hands off the steering wheel to apply it. We call this DWLB or driving while lip balming.
Addictive to certain personality types and under some conditions.
Hazard 1 – DWLB
The first hazard needs little explanation. We strongly recommend pulling the car off the side of the road before fishing your balm out of a purse, glove compartment or console. During this time, your eyes may wander away from the road leading to a mishap (police officers can be narrow-minded about such things). If your balm is in a tin or small bottle, your hands will probably be off the steering wheel as you remove the cap and dip your finger into the balm. An unattended steering wheel while a car is in motion is a really bad idea.
Hazard 2 – Addiction
The second hazard requires more explanation. Though the ingredients in lip balms are non-addictive, they can lead to emotional addictions. Here’s the way it works.
If you tend toward compulsive behavior, the frequent and repeated use of a lip balm can lead you toward the compulsive urge to use it over and over again ad infinitum. This is an easily avoided trap. Use balm only when your lips are dry or chapped and discontinue use as soon as the condition is remedied. If you make your own lip balm, you can add essential oils with flavors that will discourage licking.
Even if you don’t tend toward compulsive behavior, if the balm tends to make you want to lick your lips, you will lick it off quickly and the added moisture can cause your lips to be irritated and chapped. That creates the need for more balm which leads to more licking. This can become a vicious circle.
Also, if you are not used to having something on your lips, the tendency is to lick off the offending alien substance. It will require vigilance to realize you’re making a snack out of your balm. Since lip balm is for your lips and not your stomach, you have to keep that tongue of yours off your lips. To help, you might want to consider using a flavorless balm versus say, a cherry flavored product. Instead, make your own lip balm and do as I suggest above, add a flavor you’re not fond of tasting. Don’t make it too unpleasant or you’ll end up suffering from dry lips rather than using your balm.
Both of the above examples can lead you to think the ingredients in lip balm are addictive. However, it’s not the ingredients in the balm that are addictive, but the self-created need to constantly lick your lips.
Hazard 3 – Allergies
There is always the slim chance you may be allergic to one or more of the ingredients in lip balm. If you know what you are allergic to, read the label carefully and be sure that the balm you choose doesn’t contain that allergen. If you find yourself reacting to one or more of the ingredients in the lip balm, discontinue its use. If you tend toward allergies, make your own lip balm then you have 100% control of the ingredients.