You can preserve the useful ingredients of lemon balm in a carrier oil in a very easy way. It can be prepared at home without any special equipment.
For what can be it used? Well, I mostly use it for homemade skincare products. The antibacterial and soothing properties of lemon balm make the oil perfect for skin maintaining. Also can be used for herpes simplex virus (HSV) – topical treatment, both genital and oral. But not only that, its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and many other health properties from this plant is enough reason to have it in your herbal cabinet. You can read about all health benefits of the lemon balm plant at Lemon Balm Plant, Health Benefits, Uses, Dosing, and Interactions
This oil also can be used in cuisines. Actually, this is the secret of making very tasty pasta and salads.
The lemon balm oil is often confused with its essential oil. There is a difference between these two. The first one oil which we will prepare in this recipe is not so concentrated and that’s why it can be used alone or directly to the skin. To prepare it, we use a cold infusion or soft heating. Lemon balm essential oil is prepared with steam distillation. It is a longer process that makes it way more concentrated and that’s why can’t be used alone – you must dilute it with other carrier oil, otherwise, it can cause damage.
There is cold, sun, and heat infusion like I mentioned before. I will chouse cold infusion this time too. If you need the infused oil immediately, you can go with heat infusion.
You can use fresh or dried lemon balm. If you use the fresh one, leave it one night from the time is harvested to evaporate the remaining moisture, because it can spoil it.
My next post will be Lemon Balm Hand Balm Recipe in which I use this Infused oil so you can check it out too.
Ok, lets go!