Lemon Balm Tincture Recipe and Benefits

Lemon Balm from my herb garden

This lemon balm tincture recipe is easy to make and provides many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Alcohol, such as vodka, is added to a fresh or dried herb to extract the active ingredients of the herb.

Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Tinctures are easy to make and can be taken internally or externally. You can make as much as you want and they can be taken straight or diluted. They also have a long shelf life and can last up to 5 years or more.

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, boos cognitive thinking, ease insomnia, help cold sores, relieve indigestion, treat nausea, minimize menstrual cramps, ease headache and toothache pain.

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

How to Make Lemon Balm Tincture

The first step is to pick the lemon balm.

Lemon balm leaves for lemon balm tincture
Lemon balm leaves

Add the fresh lemon balm leaves to a jar. I used a pint canning jar.

Lemon balm leaves in a jar for lemon balm tincture

Pour vodka or grain alcohol into the jar (at least 80 proof) to at least cover the lemon balm leaves. You can fill the jar almost to the top if desired.

Adding vodka to the lemon balm to make lemon balm tincture

Cover with a lid and store in a dark place out of direct sunlight for at least 4 to 6 weeks. When ready, strain the lemon balm leaves from the liquid and add the lemon balm extract to an amber jar.

Lemon balm tincture

Enjoy!

Enjoy making and using this very easy-to-make lemon balm tincture.

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Lemon Balm from my herb garden

Lemon Balm Tincture Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This lemon balm tincture recipe is easy to make and provides many natural benefits. Herbal tinctures are basically a concentrated herbal extract made with alcohol. Alcohol, such as vodka, is added to a fresh or dried herb to extract the active ingredients of the herb.

Herbal tinctures have been used for centuries for their healing properties and there are so many you can make and use, all with their own properties.

Ingredients

  • Lemon Balm Leaves
  • 80 proof or higher alcohol, such as vodka or Ever clear

Instructions

  1. Add lemon balm leaves to a jar (the size of the jar is your preference)
  2. Add the alcohol to cover the white clover, can fill the jar if desired
  3. Stir and shake the contents and then add the lid
  4. Store in a dark place for at least 4 to 6 weeks and shake the jar every few days
  5. Strain the white clover from the tincture
  6. Add the strained tincture to a clean jar or amber-colored bottle

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