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How to Make Lemon Balm Ointment/ Salve/ Balm

 

 

Lemon Balm Ointment/ Salve/ Balm Recipe

Lemon balm possesses valuable properties such as antiviral properties, antibacterial content and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been proven in effectively treating allergies, cuts, scrapes, animal or insect bites, dress wounds and especially in handling cold sores and other herpes virus infections. One of the most popular and effective way to treat insect or animal bites, cold sores or other herpes infections is using topical ointments.

Ointment, sometimes we refer as balm or salve, is particularly useful when we apply directly to skin surrounding areas of itch and pain. Lemon balm ointment can reduce swelling, burning, skin itchiness, pain and discomforts. It also helps to keep the moisture on skin surfaces and form a protective barrier over the skin. Besides, Lemon balm ointment helps to calm numb tissues and relax the muscles.

Simple Steps to Make Lemon Balm Ointment

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Step 1

Prepare lemon balm infused oil :-

  1. There are two methods to do this.
  • Cold Infused Oil Method  – Infused lemon balm with carrier oil such as olive oil, Sunflower Oil and etc.in a jar with an airtight cap. Leave it at cool location for 3 to 6 weeks. OR

2. Then, strain out the lemon balm infused oil as much as you can by using muslin or cheese cloth.

Or just replaced infused oil with a drop of lemon balm essential oils.

Step 2

Now this will involve heating the lemon balm infused oils in order to melt additional ingredients into it.

In this process, you have to be extra careful not to overheat the oil. High temperature will oxidize the oil and destroy volatile oils or other heat sensitive components of the infused oil. You are recommended to use double boiler to avoid overheating. You can set up your simple double boiler with ceramic bowl or glass bowl set on top of pan with boiling water. The double boiler only allows indirect heat. The steam not the boiling water will do the heating.

  1. Heat lemon balm infused oil slowly and gently in the bowl (top portion) of double boiler.
  2. Add in beeswax and allow it to melt gently into the oil. The general guide is 1 cup of oil to 1 ounce (approximately 28 grams) of beeswax. However, if you like your lemon balm ointment to be firmer just adds more beeswax. Conversely, to be softer, just reduce the quantity of beeswax. Alternatively, you can replace beeswax with vegetable wax such as carnuba or candelilla.LB natural beewax
  3. Allow the beeswax to melt gently into the oil and stir them together well.
  4. Once the mixture has reached to your desired texture, switch off the heat.
  5. When your ointment a bit cooler, you can add in vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidants. it will prolong your lemon balm ointment shelf life.
  6. Stir it well to combine and to prevent oil and beeswax from separating.
  7. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and then pour your ointment into tiny tins or a clean jar.
  8. Allow your ointments to stand uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. When your lemon balm ointments have set up, cap and label them. The label should include the name of the ingredient and the date.
  10. Remember to store them in dark and cool location or in the refrigerator. Lemon balm ointment shelf life is around 3 months to a year if stored properly.

Cautions

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  •   When you use your lemon balm ointment, remember to use clean cotton swabs or wash your hand properly. You definitely do not want any cross contamination on your ointment.
  • After apply the lemon balm ointment, if you find out any allergic reactions such as swelling on face, hand or feet, rash, and etc. immediately get for medical help.
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