Neuro-active Lip Balms:

Resilience & Allergy Relief in a Stick?



A number of commercially-available lip balms happen to contain neuro-active herbal ingredients.  When applied to skin locations where nerves lie close to the surface-- rather than to the lips--these products can do more than soften the skin. Tiny quantities of the neuro-active substances in the lip balm can stimulate the nerves locally, which in turn can set off a systemic increase in resilience to stress and a decrease in allergic reactivity. This is what I have called the Neuro-Shift effect. More on this here.


Active products can typically evoke this effect within 5 minutes or less in responsive individuals.  The effects last from as little as 3 up to as many as 12 hours.  Of course, each stick of lip balm can deliver many dozens of doses, at the cost of just a few dollars. One can easily keep these sticks in a pocket or purse to use when needed.


How to use the lip balm:

Stuck in traffic and getting stressed?  On your way to the dentist?  Driving out to the countryside on a high-pollen-count day?


1) Apply the product to the skin on your brow, at the location of the so-called third eye (at the upper end of your frown lines) 

2) Roughly cover a circular area no more than the size of a quarter (about 2.5 cm diameter)

3) Leave the product in place for at least 10 minutes; if desired, you can then wipe the area clean with a tissue. 



Don't do this procedure repeatedly if you have, or suspect you have, a heart condition of any kind, including arrhythmia, or if you are prone to sudden drops in blood pressure.


Some relevant products:

  • Burt's Bees® Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Pomegranate
  • Badger® Poetic Pomegranate Lip Balm
  • Now® Solutions Pomegranate Lip Balm
  • Burt's Bees® Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry
  • Badger® Mocha Cocoa Fair Trade Cocoa Butter Lip Balm (with coffee extract)
  • Dagoba™ Roseberry Lip Balm by Eco-Lips® (with cacao powder)
  • Dagoba™ Lavender Lip Balm by Eco-Lips® (with cacao powder)
  • Dagoba™ Mint Lip Balm by Eco-Lips® (with cacao powder and peppermint oil-keep away from eyes, peppermint oil can sting)
  • Alba® Passion Fruit Nectar Lip Balm
  • Kiss My Face® Cranberry Orange Balm
  • Terra Firma Botanicals Inc. Love Oil Lip Balm (with St. Johns Wort, damiana, cinnamon, kava kava, and kola nut--keep out of eyes, cinnamon can sting)
  • Eco-Lips® Energy Lip Balm (with caffeine, green tea, and Vitamin B12)
  • Eco-Lips® Vanilla Hemp Lip Balm
  • The Merry Hempsters® Vanilla Vegan Hemp Balm
  • Aubrey® Organics Raspberry Lip Balm (with hemp seed oil)
  • SpazzStick Caffeinated Lip Balm


    (Full disclosure:  I have no financial interest in any of these products or companies)

    Prepared by R Rush Wayne, Ph.D. Questions?  Comments? Contact Rush at rushwayne at q (dot) com, or on Twitter @NeuroShft