Benefits of Lemon Balm in skincare
What's that? Did I go and juice the verdant, dew-dropped moss from the fairies forest floor? Alas, no — but I did extract our beautiful Queen Lemon Balm into coconut oil (as I normally do) — but with richer results! 🍃
From my current batch moving forward you will notice a deeper, more herbalicious green colour to your folk-favourite Thieves balm.
This doesn't mean you weren't receiving the benefits of the lemon balm before. All Little Lune formulas undergo a deep, slow infusion of herbs prior to reaching your lovely skin — I've just been experimenting and expanding my learnings and am thoroughly enjoying producing a more vibrant extraction of medicinal compounds, including the pigment!
So why do we love Lemon Balm? [Historically known as "Balm"]. Well aside from Balm making a fragrant and soothing tea for frazzled nerves, insomnia and digestive upset (to name a few), as a topical remedy, she positively shines for her anti-viral action. And like her siblings Peppermint and Lavender, Balm possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties — so it's plain to see why Lemon Balm forms the very important foundation of Thieves balm, which aims to work hand-in-hand with your body's defences.
We also love Balm for her botanical name, Melissa officinalis. Melissa means honeybee in Greek and she was named such due to her fragrant flowers being oh-so-seductive for our pollinator friends! And we LOVE bees 🐝 — so I can't think of a more beautiful reason to grow lemon balm in your garden, on your window sill or balcony to honour and welcome our bee friends, and as a symbol of gratitude for all they contribute to our eco system.
And finally, as the 11th century physician and philosopher Avicenna proclaimed — "Balm maketh the heart merry and joyful, and strengthens the vital spirits."
...And I couldn't agree more.