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.
- Fresh/Dried lemon balm leaves
- Liquid oil (I used avocado oil)
- 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
- 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.
- 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: