Benefits of Lemon Balm Hydrosol
Why Lemon Balm Hydrosol is the Bees Knees.
Lemon Balm is a gorgeous addition to your herbal garden for both culinary and well-being reasons.
This summer our aromatic garden has had a bounty of Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). I know. I’ve been warned how it can reseed freely in your garden if left to do so. But I don’t mind. The benefits of this herb are very beneficial and it makes a wonderful hydrosol when distilled.
Plus, it is a plant that the bees like and any plant that supports the bee is a friend of mine. I love walking around my garden in the morning and hearing their little busy buzzing on my plants.
Lemon Balm originally comes from the Mediterranean and it has been used for medicine for thousands of years and has long been treasured for its calming and relaxing properties.
Over the weeks, Russell has been busy harvesting our Lemon Balm before it flowers to distill in our alembic still. We time the picking of the leaves in the morning just after the dew has dried and before the sun gets too hot. We also use the Moon Calendar for guidance so that we harvest the plants at just the right time when their essential oil is at its peak.
Right now, our big plants of Lemon Balm are turning to seed but some of their seedlings are starting to thrive. It’s great because you can pick the Lemon Balm leaves throughout the year and these can be used fresh or dried when cooking or calming herbal teas. You can even freeze whole leaves separately first and then place into containers or bags. Lemon Balm is also wonderful when infused in a carrier oil. You can either infuse it for therapeutic purposes i.e. body oil or for culinary purposes i.e. cooking oil or vinegar.
We love turning our Lemon Balm into beautiful aromatic water (hydrosol).
It is always a pleasure distilling this herb as our home ends up smelling deliciously lemony and lightly sweet and florally and we are left feeling completely relaxed and calm lol.
Did you know that the essential oil from Lemon Balm is called Melissa and it is one of the most expensive essential oils to purchase because it is so hard to obtain from the plant?
The essential oil has a beautiful lemony floral aroma and is known as the ‘bottle of angels’ because of its healing and emotionally supportive properties. The bonus of distilling Lemon Balm is that many of its essential oil molecules are hydrophilic and so the hydrosol can end up containing many of the therapeutic properties which are quite close to the essential oil. So, keeping a bottle of Lemon Balm hydrosol close at hand is always a great idea when needing emotional support.
A gift from heaven. Energetically, Lemon Balm hydrosol brings …
Comfort, Calm, Serenity, and Strength
Lemon Balm is connected with the heart chakra and is known as an emotional healer. It has a cooling and soothing action on the heart and nerves. It will open you to love, grace and all that you have to be grateful for.
Lemon Balm brings comfort and peace whenever there is sorrow.
Carrying a bottle with you to gently mist around you whenever you are feeling low, resentful or struggling with overwhelm will support you in moving through these emotions. For extra support try reflecting on the following affirmation while you are doing this.
“I am calm and supported. I open my heart to see and enjoy the beauty around me.”
Lemon Balm is one of my favourite hydrosols for many reasons. Here’s why …
Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Under Pressure? Trouble Sleeping?
Put 10 ml (or 1 dessertspoon) of Lemon Balm hydrosol in a litre of water or just use one quick spray into a glass of water. Chilled water is best. This is a wonderful way to help support your nervous system if you are feeling particularly stressed or anxious. Having a drink with Lemon Balm hydrosol in the water later in the day is also supportive in helping you unwind and have a restful sleep due to its sedative properties.
The Lemon Balm herb also contains antiviral and immune stimulant properties so drinking it with water during the cold and flu season will support you in keeping you well.
Use as a facial toner to soothe irritated skin. It is also a great astringent for oily skin. Soak a muslin face cloth in a small amount of hydrosol and gently pat over the face.
It has wonderful anti-oxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect to use on its own or when mixing clay masks.
Emotionally Supportive Moisture Mist
Gently mist around the face to hydrate skin with the added bonus of giving you emotional support if needed. Its antidepressant properties will uplift you as well as promoting a sense of calm.
Soothes Skin Irritations + Insect Bites
Use on its own or in blends to calm and soothe skin irritations, sunburn, rashes and insect bites.
Mist over your pillow, bed sheets and in the air before going to bed. It will support you in having a restful and restorative sleep.
Very gentle, soothing and cooling. The hydrosol can be used to wipe after nappy changes. It will help to alleviate nappy rash.
There are so many more ways to use plant hydrosols and if you would love to learn more I totally recommend reading the books in my reference list below.
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Quiescent Hydrosols – 100% pure, artisan, wildcrafted
Our hydrosols are produced solely for the purpose of creating the hydrosol alone. They are definitely not treated as a by-product of the distillation process. But a special unique product of its own.
We have a beautiful copper alembic still that was handmade in Portugal. The process of plant distillation has remained the same for centuries and we feel honoured to be able to carry on with the very special art of plant distillation.
When we can, the plants we use to produce our hydrosols are taken from our very own aromatic garden. These plants have been planted, nurtured and handpicked with care and are spray-free. We try to follow the moon calendar when we plant and harvest the for distilling and we are very proud to be a part of our hydrosol journey from start to finish.
You can check out our hydrosol range HERE.
Hydrosols contain small quantities of the volatile base essential oils. The essential oils themselves may have contraindications associated with them, but as a hydrosol are completely safe to use without further dilution.
– Catty, S. (2001). Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy. Canada: Healing Arts Press
– Harman, A. 2015). Harvest to Hydrosol. Fruitland, WA: IAG Botanics
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Published on February 23, 2018