Herbs for cooking & cosmetic: Lemon Balm

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  You can use herbs for so much more than cooking!  Carol Joyce is the Owner of White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick showed us how to use Lemon Balm in cooking & cosmetics.

 

LEMON Balm Tea

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 tsp dried LEMON Balm leaves
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Tea pot or saucepan
  • cup
  • honey (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Put tea leaves in cup.
  • 2. Pour over boiling water.
  • Steep 10 minutes.
  • Drink (add honey if desired)

 

LEMONY Syrup

  • Handful fresh Lemon Balm leaves (or ¼ cup dried leaf)
  • Boiling water
  • Honey

Directions

  • 1. Pour  water over leaf in a saucepan,
  • 2. Heat to a simmer & stir for 20 minutes.
  • 3. Take off heat & strain out leaf (put in compost bin)
  • 4. Add ¼ cup honey for every cup of strong tea.
  • put back over low heat & stir for 10 more minutes until reduced to half.
  • 5. Pour into clean jar, cap & label.
  • 6. Store in fridge for no more than 2 weeks.
  • Put 1 tsp. of syrup in glass, add ice & seltzer. Stir. Yum! Or use over ice cream or take ½ tsp. when you have an upset stomach (not for babies).
  • Other uses for Lemon Balm Leaf: Sprinkle fresh leaves on fruit salad or make into lemony ice cubes for drinks!

LEMONY Breath Freshener

  • Pick a fresh leaf & chew (you can swallow or spit out) For FRESH BREATH!

LEMONY Hair Rinse

  • 1 tsp dried or 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Balm
  • Boiling water

Directions

  • 1 Put lemon balm in a cup & pour boiling water over to top.
  • 2. Steep 15 minutes.
  • 3. Strain & add to 3 cups cool water for hair rinse.


LEMONY Facial Astringent

  • Clean, small jar with lid
  • 1/5 jar dried Lemon Balm
  • Witch Hazel (to fill jar)

Directions
1 Put dried Lemon Balm to1/5 line in clean jar.
2. Pour Witch Hazel over to top.
3. Let sit for 2-3 weeks.
4. Strain & label.
5. Use with cotton ball to cool & refresh face & neck after washing.

Lemon Balm is purported to have anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, & anti-bacterial properties.

To follow our series on Herbs ‘A to Z’ click here.

 

 

 

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