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Fresh Lemon Balm Hydrosol Melissa Hydrolat



Fresh Lemon Balm Hydrosol Melissa Hydrolat
Lemon Balm hydrosol distilled from fresh plant material right out of my garden! Lemon balm essential oil is VERY expensive so the distilled water is a nice alternative. It can be used as is (unlike the essential oil) and is a whole plant product with minute amounts of the essential oil plus all of the water soluble plant components. It's a ideal toner/toner for oily skin. Lemon balm is also mildly antifungal, a very strong antiviral (especially against the herpes virus) and very calming. It can be used as a compress on herpes lesions or as a base for a natural calming spray or in the water phase of handmade creams and lotions.

Famous herbalist Jeanne Rose says that lemon balm is a good treatment for wrinkles!

All of my hydrosols come packaged in clear PET plastic bottles with spritzer tops. It's vitally important that you don't stick your fingers or nose into the distillate water so you don't introduce unwanted microbes into the water. I also recommend storing it in the fridge to extend the shelf life. It will keep for a few weeks out in the open or over a year in the fridge. If the smell changes or you see blobs floating in it you should discard it.

I made this batch from fresh lemon balm leaves from my garden so quantity is limited. I should have another flush of plants in late Summer or early Fall and will be able to make some more then.