The Yard Projects – Lemonbalm Lotion

Yep, the yard is on. Officially. I am bursting at the seams with lemon balm, honeysuckle blossoms, lavender and raspberries. It always amazes me that I have so little to do until a certain date, then BOOM, I have to do it all in one jam packed weekend so it doesn’t go bad.

The past two weekends I cooked up some Lemon Balm lotion – lemon balm being a good treatment for hot ailments, such as sunburns, rug burns, anything generating heat.I was lucky to have some ready made shea butter and aloe lotion on hand, so I just infused the lemon balm then took the infusion and cooked it with the lotion to bind lemon balm.

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1. Macerate the lemon balm leaves and stems in the food processor.

2. Create an infusion with mash by pouring boiling water over mash. Let steep for 10 – 30 minutes.

3. Setup a double boiler. Measure equal parts lotion base to infusion. Warm lotion base first, then add infusion. Stir frequently, allow to slowly come to a simmer and then reduce heat. Heat for about 15 min, or until your lotion base comes to a thickness you like.

4. Pour warm lotion into containers, seal and allow to cool. I made about 5 smaller bottles (with plastic caps) worth, with enough to pop into a small jam jar. Be sure to use within a week once opened.

fancy labels, made my myself and my daughter!

fancy labels, made my myself and my daughter!

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