Lemon balm oil is used for treat heat burns and exhaustion. Apart from the soothing scent, lemon balm oil also has herbal ingredients that will minimize the spread of infections because of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of lemon balm oil. Here’s how you can make lemon balm oil at home.
Ingredients. Prepare 8 ounces of vegetable oil. You can use olive oil, grape seed oil, or almond oil for the balm. Apart from this, you also need ¾ of a cup of lemon pulp, two teaspoons of lemon zest, two spoonfuls of 100 proof vodka, and a mason jar with a large mouth. To obtain the zest of lemon, use a zester or a fork to extract the zest from the surface of the skin of fresh lemon balm oil. You will also need a piece of cheesecloth. You can also add other herbs such as geranium, thyme, and other herbal plants.
Process the herbs. Combine the geranium, thyme, and zest, and the lemon pulp in a food processor and turn the power on until the pieces have been combined thoroughly. Once this is done, place the processed herbs in a flat bowl and leave overnight, or until the moisture has evaporated from the herbs. You can also place the herbs on a window sill during a sunny day to hasten the process. If water is not efficiently removed from the herbs, the oil resulting from the herbs will become moldy.
Mix the oil. Place the dried herbs in a mason jar and then add the vodka and the oil. The herbs should be fully covered. Replace the lid on the mason jar and shake until the contents have combined thoroughly. The goal is to ensure that the herbs are fully covered in oil, which will absorb all of the revitalizing nutrients in the herbs. As you shake the jar, air bubbles will form. To minimizes and remover the air bubbles, uncover the jar and use a chopstick or a spoon to guide the air bubbles to the surface of the oil base.
Aging. You will need to allow the balm oil to age by placing at least four sheets of cheesecloth on the mouth of the jar. This will keep mixture clean, but will allow fresh air to penetrate the jar and the oil balm mixture. To hasten the aging process, place the jar of oil balm in a warm place for at least half a month. You can place this on a sunny window during the daytime, and near a heater during the night. What is important is that the jar is in constant warm temperature throughout the aging period.
Decanting. After the mixture has aged, you will need to pour the oil into a strainer make sure that you allow the oil to drip slowly into a new glass jar so that air bubbles will not form. There should be no streaks present in the oil balm that you have decanted, since streaks are signs of moisture and water which you do not want to include in the balm oil.
Throw away the sediments and store the lemon balm oil in a glass jar. Use the balm whenever you are exhausted or when you have been exposed to too much sun. You can also use the lemon balm oil to soothe sensitive areas such as sore muscles, eyes, mouth, scalp, and other parts of the body.