Lemon Balm: Self-Care Uses

We are excited to bring you a series of posts that share the various benefits and uses of Lemon Balm

In addition to medicinal uses, you can use your newly harvested Lemon Balm to make several DIY personal care treatments. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to use Lemon Balm for a little at-home self-care.

Herb Baths 

Botanicals have been used in baths for thousands of years to relieve aches and pains, to fight colds, boost circulation, or relax your mind and body. As the beneficial properties of the herbs are released into the water, a pleasant aroma fills the air which also provides aromatherapy in addition to the physical benefits. 

Lemon Balm contains antibacterial properties, which are great for oily and acne-prone skin. It helps tone, balance, and refresh the skin. It cleanses pores and has a soothing effect on sensitive skin. Lemon balm is calming and helps to induce sleep as well as relieve nervous agitation.

How to make an herbal bath: 

  1. Put a handful of fresh or dried Lemon Balm into a large pot. Fill the pot with water and heat to almost boiling. Be sure to keep the lid on the pot so the essential oils released from the herbs don’t evaporate. Take the pot off the heat and let your bath infuse for 20 minutes to a few hours depending on how strong you’d prefer. Strain the liquid directly into your tub, fill the tub the rest of the way with warm water, and your bath is ready.  
  1. Using a muslin bag, put in a handful of fresh or dried Lemon Balm inside and close the top. Toss your herb bundle into a tub filled with hot water. Allow the water to cool down to a comfortable temperature as you let the herb bag soak in the bath.

Foot Soak 

If you’ve been standing all day and your feet need some TLC, grab some lemon balm to make a relaxing foot soak. Add a handful of lemon balm stems and leaves to boiling water. Allow it to steep for 20-25 minutes and pour the steeped water into a foot spa to give your feet some pampering. 

Lemon Balm Hair Rinse 

Lemon balm’s natural antibacterial properties help fight oily and dandruff prone scalps. 

To make this hair rise, you’ll need 3 tbsp. of dried lemon balm and 2 cups of boiling water. First, pour boiling water over dried lemon balm and allow it to steep for at least eight hours or overnight. Next, strain herbs from the liquid and allow to cool for 1-2 hours. Finally, you can pour the strained liquid over your entire head making sure to massage it into your scalp. You can keep this mask in your hair until the next time you’re ready to wash your hair. 

Lemon Balm Soap 

Harnessing Lemon Balm’s antibacterial properties and its lemony fresh scent, it makes for the perfect hand soap. Try your hand at making Lemon Balm Hand Soap by following the instructions outlined here.