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How to Make Lemon Balm Infused Oil

Updated on August 5, 2014
Use organic lemon balm for this recipe.
Use organic lemon balm for this recipe. | Source

Lemon Balm Infused Oil

In 10 minutes, you can craft a simple homemade infused oil perfect for moisturizing your skin, using for a homemade sugar or salt scrub, or gifting. Learn how to make lemon balm infused oil, ways to use lemon balm infused oil, and the benefits of this lesser-known member of the mint family.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Mason jar, 2 cup capacity
  • 1 cup lemon balm, fresh
  • Olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or another oil

How to Make Infused Lemon Balm Oil

  1. Pick 1 cup of lemon balm.
  2. Allow the lemon balm to wilt for at least 12 hours before using by leaving it on the counter. Wilting removes moisture, which can otherwise turn your oil rancid.
  3. Rough chop the lemon balm.
  4. Pour a small amount of oil into a mason jar to coat the bottom of the jar. You can use olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, liquid coconut oil, or another beauty oil.
  5. Place the lemon balm into the mason jar.
  6. Add oil to cover the lemon balm and fill the jar.
  7. Seal the jar and label it with the date.
  8. Place the jar in a sunny place (such as a windowsill). Allow the lemon balm to infuse for 2 weeks. Periodically shake the jar to distribute the oils and help move along the infusion.
  9. Strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer after two weeks. Store strained oil in a mason jar or a bottle.

Lemon Balm Health Benefits

Lemon balm has many health benefits, including:

  • Relieving digestive problems, such as cramping, bloating, and upset stomach
  • Soothing menstrual cramps
  • Relieving anxiety and calming nerves
  • Helping to relieve a restless mind and make you sleepy
  • Soothing itching of insect bites
  • Relieving cold sores

Because lemon balm is so versatile, you can use this soothing infused oil to relieve many daily problems.

Lemon Balm Oil Uses

Use the infused oil to moisturize chapped skin, relieve insect bites, or as a massage oil when you are stressed out and need relaxation.

Infused lemon balm or other herbal oils are great for gifting, and make wonderful stocking stuffers when poured into small bottles. You can also use the infused oil as a base in other DIY body products, like facial masks, salt scrubs, or sugar scrubs.

You can also combine other flavors in your infusion. Lavender would work well with lemon balm, as it also promotes tranquility and relaxation, for example.

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