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A member of the mint family, lemon balm is an herb that’s great both on the dinner plate and in your medicine cabinet. This herb has a remarkable lemon taste that makes it a great addition to roasted chicken and even in baked goods.

Taste aside, lemon balm has amazing medicinal properties. It contains rosmarinic acid, which is an antioxidant. This can remove the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation in the body. Studies also show that lemon balm has natural antiviral properties.

Put simply, lemon balm heals you from within.

If you want to soothe mild symptoms or illnesses, try using lemon balm with these homemade remedies. Ask your veterinarian if you can use lemon balm for livestock, too!

Calm anxiety

We all have our stressful days on the homestead. Calm your fraying nerves with a natural lemon balm syrup. Simmer the fresh leaves in water for 20 minutes. Stir in honey to your desired sweetness. I like to add a little bit of lemon balm sweetener in my morning coffee, smoothie, or tea. It’s great for daily anxiety management without feeling loopy.

P.S. If you’re having trouble relaxing before sleep, you can also use this syrup in chamomile tea to peacefully drift off to sleep.

Skin salve

Lemon balm is great when used as a poultice. It takes the pain out of bug bites, stings, minor burns, and scratches. Dry the lemon balm leaves whole and store in a dry place. When you want to make your poultice, soak the dried leaves in warm water for 2 minutes. Place the rehydrated leaves on the affected area of skin for 10 minutes.

Replenishing lip balm

Lemon balm’s natural antiviral properties make it a godsend for treating cold sores. Use lemon balm in a homemade lip balm to both moisturize your lips and speed up the cold sore healing process.

Mend a rumbly stomach

Got a case of the bubble guts? You can calm your stomach in minutes with a lemon balm. Simply pour hot water over dried leaves and allow to steep for five minutes.

The bottom line

Who knew a kitchen pantry staple could be used in so many ways? If you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades herb for taste and for function, give lemon balm a try.

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Making (Make)Up Is Not So Hard To Do

Making you own makeup sounds daunting, but if you want a simple natural look, why not try a few of these delicious recipes? You can use your home made or bought essential oils as well.


Beeswax is so useful for so many things, and it makes a great solid perfume that you can take with you so you can refresh your signature flower scent any time.

Melt one quarter cup of beeswax over hot water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and allow to cool. Put a small amount in a pretty cream container or pillbox and keep the rest in the fridge.

To make it more interesting, try a blend of oils to create your own signature perfume – like roses and violets, freesias and lily of the valley.


To fill a spray bottle with your signature scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to a mixture of equal parts witch hazel and glycerin. Shake well and keep in the fridge for a refreshing spritzer.


Carry your signature perfume over to your clothes and lingerie. Mix a cup each of lavender buds and rose petals with a quarter cup of orris root powder (available from craft shops) and use to fill small muslin or cotton sachets. Store them in your lingerie drawer or hang from coat hangers to keep a beautiful fragrance around you all day.


The most basic lip gloss recipe of all is simple Vaseline. To this base you can add a variety of ingredients, or you can start from scratch and make your own.

Melt a tablespoon of beeswax by placing in a clean glass jar and placing it in hot water until it is soft. Add a tablespoon of Almond oil and mix thoroughly with a small wooden spatula.

That’s it! Now you can begin to create your customized lip gloss…

  • Want your lips to taste fresh and minty? Add just a couple of drops of peppermint oil.
  • Want your lips to taste romantic and perfumed? Add rose, jasmine or other flower oil to your liking.
  • Want your lip gloss to have color and fruity favor? Add the juice of mulberries or blueberries, enough to create the amount of color you desire.
  • Want your lip gloss to soften dry lips? Break open a Vitamin E oil capsule and tip in the contents.
  • Want your lip gloss to cure cold sores? Infuse a cup of Lemon Balm (Melissa) leaves in enough Almond oil to cover the leaves and put in in a warm dry place for at least five days. Strain the oil, add a few capsules of Vitamin E oil. Add a teaspoon of the oil to your basic lip gloss.

Keep your finished lip gloss and your Melissa Oil in the fridge. They won’t last forever so just make small amounts as you need them, and if they get left out and smell rancid, make a fresh batch.

But you can take your lip balm with you on dates, just put a small amount in a pretty little pill box.


If you love the look of glitter make-up, it is easy to make your own using the basic lip gloss recipe. Add the contents of about six Vitamin E oil capsules as well, so that it will be good for your skin.

Melt one quarter of a cup of beeswax in a large clean jar over hot water. Add one quarter cup of almond oil and mix well. As the mixture cools, add in glitter of your choice…tiny sparkles, stars, moons…

You can tint the mixture with blueberry or mulberry juice, and add fragrance with the essential oil of your choice. Keep it in the fridge and use as required.

The most exciting thing about making your own fragrance and make up is its uniqueness. Soon you’ll be turning heads with your own special, indefinable brand of beauty!

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