Lemon Balm Lotion Bar Recipe

lemon balm lotion bar

This lemon balm lotion bar recipe only takes a few simple ingredients and is easy to make. The recipe makes luxurious lotion bars with great benefits for the skin. Once you get started making these all natural lotion bars from fresh flowers, weeds and herbs you will not want to stop. They also make a great gift!

Using the lotion bars on your skin makes it feel soft and silky! The lotion in solid form can be used as massage bars for rough elbows and knees and do not have a greasy feel. Even better than regular lotion!

About Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is one of my favorite herbs. The smell of it is so refreshing and wonderful and lemony.

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, is considered a possible calming herb.

Native to Europe, lemon balm is grown all over the world. It is grown not only in herb gardens or to attract bees, but also in crops for medicine, cosmetics, and furniture polish manufacturing. The plant grows up to 2 feet high, sometimes higher if not maintained.

If you rub the leaves, your fingers will smell tart and sweet, like lemons.

Lemon Balm from my herb garden
Lemon balm from my herb garden

Health Benefits of Lemon Balm

This article by Healthline “10 Benefits of Lemon Balm and How to Use It” list the wonderful possible benefits of lemon balm. The benefits discussed in the article include possibly reducing stress and anxiety, boost cognitive thinking, ease insomnia, help cold sores, relieve indigestion, treat nausea, minimize menstrual cramps, ease headache and toothache pain. Lemon balm is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it ideal for reducing inflammation. When applied topically, it can help to reduce the appearance of swelling and redness.

Lemon balm has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which make it effective in healing skin irritations such as eczema and psoriasis. When applied topically, it can help to soothe the skin and speed up the healing process. It has been said that is can potentially act as a natural sunburn relief, soothe bug bites, and kill bacteria and fungus with its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties

Lemon balm can also have side effects or cause allergic reactions which are also discussed in the article.

How to Make Lemon Balm Lotion Bars

To make salves, lip balm, lotions and lotion bars, you need to start with an infused oil.

How to Make an Infused Oil

To make the lemon balm lotion bar recipe, the first step is to pick the the fresh lemon balm.

Lemon balm leaves for lemon balm lotion bar
Lemon balm leaves

Next is to dry the leaves and flowers. The drying process can include air drying by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and letting them dry for several days.

The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting to dry.

lemon balm drying on dehydrator
lemon balm leaves on a dehydrator tray
Dried lemon balm leaves
dried lemon balm leaves

The next step for the diy lemon balm lotion bars is to make an infused oil with the dried lemon balm by steeping the dried lemon balm in a carrier oil over a period of time. As the dried lemon balm infuses in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in the leaves are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Different kinds of oils can be used including sweet almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil, sweetgrass oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.

Add the dried lemon balm to a glass jar. I like to use a pint mason jar.

Dried lemon balm in a jar for lemon balm salve
Dried lemon balm leaves in a jar

The amount of oil you want will depend on how many lotion bars or other items that you want to make. You will add about twice as much oil as your dried flowers or herbs. For example, you can add the flowers or herbs to a pint jar about halfway and then fill the jar almost to the top. If you want less, you can fill the jar about 1/4 up with herbs and then 1/2 way with oil. Also, you can make more than you plan to use for now and save the additional oil for later.

lemon balm infused oil for lemon balm lotion bars
lemon balm infused oil

There are several options for making the oil infusion:

Slow infusion method: Just add the lid to the jar and put it away in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar every once in a while. You can also put the jar in direct sunlight for a couple weeks to infuse the oil.

Fast double boiler method: Place the jar in a saucepan of a couple inches of hot water and heat the water on low for about 2 hours. Or add the oil and dried herbs or flowers to a double boiler pan and let it simmer but not boil for 1 to 2 hours.

Fast crockpot method: Add your dried herbs or flowers and oil to the crockpot, make sure that the oil covers the herbs. Heat the oil slowly and keep the crockpot on warm. Try to keep the temp between 120-130 F. Let it heat for several hours.

Making the Lemon Balm Lotion Bars

The next step is to strain the dried lemon balm leaves from the infused oil.

Once you have the infused oil, you add the amount desired to a double boiler, then add the beeswax and shea butter. The measurements for solid lotions bars are equal amounts of oil,  beeswax,  shea butter. A lot of recipes for lotion bars and salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements. I wanted to start with a small batch, so I used 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup beeswax and 1/4 cup shea butter. Cocoa butter can be substituted for shea butter.

Adding beeswax to lemon balm infused oil to make lemon balm lotion bars
Adding beeswax

Stir until the beeswax and shea butter are melted.

Stirring beeswax and lemon balm into lemon balm infused oil for lemon balm lotion bar recipe
stirring shea butter and beeswax into the lemon balm infused oil

Pour the mixture into small silicone molds or heatproof candy molds.  I love these flower molds.

Pouring the lemon balm lotion bar mixture into molds
pouring into molds

Option is to add essential oils or fragrance oils and coloring with mica powder to the mixture. I added a yellow color mica powder.

Let the mixture set up and harden in the silicon mold. It does not take very long to set up to make these homemade catnip lotion bars.

Enjoy!

Enjoy making and using these homemade lotion bars made from natural ingredients and herbs and flowers. It is very easy to make small batches of these solid moisturizing lotion bars. The homemade lotion bars also make great gifts!

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com to learn more and for additional made from nature recipes, such as my sage salve recipepurple dead nettle salve recipeelderflower salve, elderflower lotion barrose petal lotion barpeony lotion barwhite clover lotion barhoneysuckle rose lotion bars and my flower jellies including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipe peony jelly and apple blossom recipe.

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