In celebration of the amazing botanicals and oils that infuse our blends and fill your bottles, we’re shining the spotlight on one special ingredient every month. Each flower, herb, carrier oil or essential oil has a very specific reason for being in your blossom jar product, and we’d like to share its unique story.
From medicinal properties to the ways they were used throughout history, we hope you’ll come to love and admire our natural ingredients as much as we do! This month: soothing lemon balm.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
For more than 2,000 years, lemon balm has been considered the bee’s knees – quite literally. A favorite of beekeepers, the plant’s pink or white flowers draw swarms of bees and the leaves are considered to be as healing as medicinal honey with their anti-inflammatory and calming properties.
Often touted as a cure-all throughout history, the ancient Greeks applied fresh lemon balm leaves directly to skin wounds and infused them in wine for an overall health tonic. Tenth century Arab doctors prescribed lemon balm for anxiety and nervousness, and medieval Europeans followed suit with Charlemagne ordering that every medicinal garden – or ‘psychic garden’ – of the time grow this tranquilizing herb.
The volatile oils found in lemon balm are indeed relaxing and soothing, making it a popular modern-day herbal remedy for menstrual cramps and inflammation. Full of polyphenols, it is also an effective anti-viral and anti-bacterial, helping heal acne and skin issues tied to infection.
We love this herb so much that we infuse pure lemon balm leaves into our Oily Skin Blend, which requires an extra soothing touch for angry pimples and tender spots.
Here’s to celebrating Mother Nature in each and every bottle of blossom jar!
*Historical information on lemon balm obtained from “The New Healing Herbs” by Michael Castleman.