Lemon Balm Salve Recipe and Benefits

lemon balm salve

This lemon balm salve recipe is easy to make and has many healing benefits. Homemade salves are easy to make and there are so many plants that can be made into healing salves. I have posted many recipes for natural herbal salves on my website.

A salve is a healing ointment, and usually a combination of oil and beeswax. The oil and beeswax are nourishing for the skin, you can use a variety of oils, including coconut oil, sunflower oil, and more. The wonderful part is that you can infuse oil with different herbs to make salve with different properties. You can then customize your salve for specific issues by infusing your oil with herbs of your choosing.

This salve made with lemon balm can be used to soothe bug bites and irritated skin.

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 Salve

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 salve recipe, the first step is to pick the the fresh lemon balm.

Lemon balm leaves for lemon balm salve
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 salve 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 leaves in a jar for lemon balm salve
dried lemon balm leaves in a jar

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much salve 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 salve

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 Salve

The next step to follow these easy instructions to make the homemade lemon balm salve. First, strain the dried lemon balm from the infused lemon balm oil.

Once you have the strained lemon balm oil-infusion, add the desired amount to a double boiler, with a small saucepan, then add the beeswax and shea butter. My measurements are 1 cup infusion oil to 2 Tbsp. beeswax and 1 Tbsp. shea butter. I used 1/2 cup infusion oil to 1 Tbsp. beeswax and 1/2 Tbsp. shea butter for the lemon balm salve. It made 2 2-oz tins. A lot of recipes for salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements and the salve turned out great.

Adding beeswax to lemon balm infused oil to make lemon balm salve
adding beeswax to lemon balm infused oil

Stir until the beeswax pellets and shea butter melt.

When the beeswax and shea butter are melted, pour the mixture, which will be in liquid form, into 2- ounce tin or 2 ounce jars. Option is to add essential oils or scents and also to add mica powder for color. I added a yellow colored mica power to the salve.

Pouring lemon balm salve into the tins
pouring lemon balm salve into the tins

Let the salve set and set up. It does not take very long for it to harden.

liquid lemon balm salve in tins
liquid lemon balm salve in tins


Enjoy making and using your own lemon balm salve made from natural ingredients. It is very easy to make small batches of these salves from simple ingredients. The wonderful salve would also make a lovely gift!

lemon balm salve

I have made other flower and herbal homemade salves including  salve from purple nettlesalve made from lavenderhoneysuckle salve and a salve made from sage and also peony salveelderflower salvewhite clover salveyarrow salve and lilac salve from flowers. I have also made some flower and herbal lotion bars including lotion bars from rose petals and lotion bars from sagelilac and peony.

See my website at www.HawkPointHomestead.com to learn more and for additional made from nature recipes, such as my flower jellies including my dandelion jelly reciperedbud jelly recipelilac jelly recipe peony jelly and apple blossom recipe.

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lemon balm salve

Lemon Balm Salve Recipe

Yield: 4 2-oz tins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This homemade natural lemon balm salve recipe is so easy to make and results in a salve with many healing properties.


  • Dried lemon balm leaves and Carrier Oil, which can include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil, to make your infused oil (methods to make infused oil is included in the article above)
  • 1 cup of the infused oil
  • 2 Tbsp. beeswax
  • 1 Tbsp. shea butter
  • Optional: Essential oil of your choice
  • Optional: Mica Powder for Color


  1. Create the lemon balm infused oil with the dried lemon balm leaves and the carrier oil- See Notes
  2. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
  3. Add the beeswax and shea butter
  4. Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
  5. Pour the liquid into 2 oz tins or jars
  6. Optional: Add essential oil of your choice, Add mica powder for color
  7. Let the salve set up


There are several methods for creating the infused oil which are described in the article.

This recipe makes 4 2-oz tins. I cut the recipe in half and made 2 2 -oz tins.

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