Lemon balm & witch hazel
Once you get lemon balm started growing in your yard, you will find it grows
so fast during the summer months, that you soon cannot make good use of all of
it. Unlike sage and rosemary, herbs that preserve well, lemon balm loses much of its potency in the drying process. Preserving lemon balm in witch hazel enhances the skin
restorative properties of both elements. Use anytime you would use plain witch
hazel, to sooth and tone skin, stop itching and encourage healing from cuts and
Lemon Balm * Witch Hazel *
|Additions: Vitamin E, Lemon essential oil, vodka|
|Variations:Add Aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil after straining. Other essential oils like orange, peppermint and rosemary go well|
- Clean lemon balm leaves from the stems, then tear into pieces, bruising the
leaves slightly in the process to stimulate the release of the essential oil.
- Stuff loosely into a clean, dry jar leaving an inch or so of headroom. Cover
with witch hazel, making sure all the leaves are submerged.
- Let sit for a least
a couple of weeks, then strain into a clean jar.
The finished product is a pale
golden color with a lovely lemony scent. Dilute with and equal amount of distilled water to use as a body spray or facial toner.
Tags and Uses for this Remedy
- Cuts & Wounds : Knowing how to use simple home remedies for healing and disinfecting cuts and
scrapes an important part in taking care of your family and yourself.
- Facial Care :Natural facial care remedies use organic ingredients that cost only pennies an application.
- Insect/flea Bites :Herbal oils make excellent after-bite remedies because they
calm the inflammation, reduce itching, are antibacterial and regenerative to
- Summer :Summer remedies - the best herbal ice teas to cool down summers heat- plus gardening tips, fresh herbs for grilling - insect bites and summer skin care.
- Sunburns :Herbal remedies like St. Johns wort and tamanu oil offer protection and healing in cases of sunburn.
- Varicose Veins :Varicose veins occur when blood leaks back into the vein and collects there,
causing the vein to become congested or clogged. This congestion will cause
the vein to abnormally enlarge.
- Wrinkles :Natural beauty treatments that nourish
the skin and diminish wrinkles.
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