Lemon Balm Balm

Here’s a video/recipe combo on how to make lemon balm balm.  Nope, that’s not a typo, LOL.  The plant is Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and the product we’re making is a balm.


Infusion Ingredients:
  • Fresh/Dried lemon balm leaves
  • Liquid oil (I used avocado oil)
Infusion Preparation:
  • If you only have fresh lemon balm, you’ll have to dry them sufficiently (any moisture left in your product may lead to quicker spoilage – if your oil starts smelling sour, you probably shouldn’t use it on your skin).
  • To dry, I harvested the lemon balm, gave them a quick rinse, then spread the leaves out on a baking sheet and dried it outside.  I dried it out in the sun, but many people recommend leaving it out in shade so that it can air-dry.  See notes at the end on the reasoning behind this.
  • Once they’re dry, I crush them up and put them in a jar.
  • Top it up with your oil, close the lid and let it infuse for a couple of weeks.  (I would say, at least 2 weeks, but I’ve done it for a couple of months, at times – depending on how soon I need it)
  • When you’re read to use it, strain away and discard the leaves.
  • You’ll be left with your infused oil, ready to use as-is or, you can make it into a balm.
Lemon Balm Balm Ingredients:
  • 3 tsp beeswax
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of cocoa butter
  • 3 tsp lemon balm infused oil
Balm Preparation:
  • Melt beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, lemon balm infused oil over a double boiler.  (A double boiler is a plain pot of water directly on the stovetop, with a heat-proof bowl sitting on top -> the water shouldn’t really touch the bottom of this bowl.  Your ingredients go into the heat-proof bowl and are gently heated until just melted together).
  • Once it’s all melted, stir and pour into your storage jar.
Notes:
  • Word on the street is that sun-drying herbs can deplete them of nutrients – more so than other methods of drying (for example, oven-drying, microwave-drying or using the dehydrator, etc).  Here’s a study on basil leaf nutrients and here’s one on rosemary nutrients, for your perusal – if you’re interested.  So, the experts say drying in a shady spot outside (or fully indoors) is better (and h.
Here’s the video for it:

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