Lemon Balm Loveliness

Lemon balm, or melissa, has a gorgeous lemony uplifting scent. It makes me smile each morning when I pick a leaf to add to my mint tea. It’s volatile oils are sedative, so it makes a soothing drink before bedtime too.

I grow melissa in a pot so that it doesn't swamp my little herb patch

Growing melissa in a pot prevents it swamping my herb patch

I like to make a bottle of lemon balm oil each summer, by macerating the leaves in warm olive oil. It’s great to massage onto your temples to aid sleep, or can be dabbed onto cold sores, bites and stings due to it’s antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Bottled Melissa Oil

Bottled Melissa Oil

To make the oil

Finely chop 50g of lemon balm leaves and add half  to 100ml olive oil in a saucepan.

Chopped Lemon Balm

Chopped Lemon Balm

Heat gently for 15 minutes and then strain through muslin cloth.

Put the strained the oil back in the saucepan and add the other half of the chopped leaves.

Heat for a further 15 minutes and then strain again.

Your oil is now ready to be bottled and kept in the fridge.

Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil will give the oil a lovely fragrance and enhance it’s relaxing, healing and sedative effects.

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