If your lips are cracked and dry, lip balm will make them feel better. A balm is a soothing substance with a consistency somewhere between solid and liquid.

The ointment-like consistency is part of what the word balm means. It comes down from the word, balsam, which is a gummy substance that comes from trees. You can use the word metaphorically too. If your mother's cooking always makes you feel better no matter how bad things get, you can say her home cooking has been a balm for you in trying times.

Definitions of balm
  1. noun
    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    synonyms: ointment, salve, unction, unguent
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    an ointment used in treating bruises
    baby oil
    an ointment for babies
    an ointment containing a fragrant resin
    carron oil
    an ointment formerly used to treat burns
    a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
    chrism, chrisom, holy oil, sacramental oil
    a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
    lip balm
    a balm applied to the lips
    mentholated salve
    a salve containing menthol
    mercurial ointment
    an ointment containing mercury
    zinc ointment
    an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases
    camphor ice
    a cerate made of camphor and wax and spermaceti and castor oil
    type of:
    curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  2. noun
    any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing
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    balm of Gilead
    a fragrant oleoresin
    type of:
    any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes
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