One of our very first soaps is still a best seller: CITRUS ZEST.
It is full of some luscious oils: olive, coconut, castor, avocado oils and mango butter!! This was the first bar that we added our beeswax to. We wish you could smell the grated beeswax melting into the oils.
We also use lemon balm tea in this soap. We grow lemon balm in our herb garden. The bees love the flowers of the lemon balm in the late summer and early fall. As you can see it seems we are moving in circles throughout the natural world to create our soaps. “Interconnectivity” – pure joy.
Next year when you grow a little lemon balm near your door, remember to grab a handful of leaves and crush them in your hand and rub the oil from the leaves on your arms and legs (avoiding the face) —- it is a natural bug repellent!!! It contains the essential oil citronellal. That is what keeps the bugs away.
Then go on a walk, or swing on your swing set…enjoy the out of doors.
More lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) FAQS:
- A member of the mint family
- Make lemon balm tea to soothe and comfort our gastrointestinal tract (1 Tbsp of fresh or dried lemon balm leaves steeping in a cup of hot water).
- The scent of the lemon balm helps to relieve anxiety and calm our nervous systems.
- It also stimulates the immune system. It is an antiviral and antibacterial and helps with inflammation.
- There are antioxidants in this plant that help protect our skin from UV radiation and sun damage.