How To Get Rid Of Chapped Lips Fast?
Several Recipes and Tips for chapped lips-
How To Get Rid Of Chapped Lips Fast?
Several Recipes and Tips for chapped lips-
Learning to Make Your Own Herbal Lip Balm
Calm Down with Lemon Balm
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I often feel worried and anxious, and I don’t sleep well. I know I’m a nervous wreck, but I refuse tranquilizers because they are addictive. I also have a weak stomach. Is there anything natural?
–D.E. Idaho Falls, Idaho
Answer: There are lots of choices for these ailments, and my favorite is lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). For centuries, it’s helped relieve the digestive woes of many folks feeling stressed-out. It’s a member of the mint family and the coolest thing about lemon balm is that one of it’s primary ingredients is citronella, an essential oil frequently used in mosquito-repellent candles. Lemon balm also contains anti-microbial tannins and eugenol which helps reduce muscle spasms. The scientific literature I’ve read shows that lemon balm herb can relax you, help you sleep, relieve pain and soothe stomach discomfort (gas, bloating and nausea).
Another lovely thing about lemon balm is its ability to mildly dilate your blood vessels and lower blood pressure. This is a very subtle benefit so don’t toss out your BP meds okay! Guess what else? It can improve eczema and other skin conditions. Researchers found that lemon balm prevents spreading of the herpes simplex viruses (HSV), including the shingles and cold sore type. In a study on cold sores, lemon balm shortened duration and lessened recurrence of HSV infections. This is just phenomenal! Steep 3 tablespoons of dried herb into a cup of hot water for 15 minutes. Cool and apply the tea-water to your sores with gauze. Prepared “lemon balm cream” is also sold online and at some health food stores.
If you want to try lemon balm, you have lots of choices. You can buy an essential oil for external use only. Sniff before bedtime to prevent nightmares in children, or take a whiff to instantly relieve your anxiety (like if your plane hits turbulence or your editor calls and says, “Where’s your column, it was due yesterday, hmm?”). Lavender works well for this indication too.
For many years, I was a nursing home Consultant Pharmacist and I see a use for lemon balm in that setting too. It’s a natural way to help calm dementia patients experiencing agitation, or “Sundowning” without having to resort to potent mind-bending meds. You can also buy it in commercially prepared formulas, either by itself, or in combination with other calming herbs such as valerian, hops and chamomile; these are intended for sleep. You can buy prepared teas. I buy the dried herb in bulk. I steep 3 tablespoons of it into 2 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes and then add fresh spearmint leaves and honey. It has a light and fresh citrus-mint flavor. You can chill the tea and sip all day to improve mood, relieve PMS symptoms and regulate thyroid hormone. Long live lemon balm, for it can instantly soothe your stress.
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Lemon Balm: A Friend for the Bees
posted by Brigitte Mars Jul 22, 2010 9:04 am
filed under: Food & Recipes, Garden & Nature, Health & Wellness, edible, garden, healing, health, herbs, mint, vegan, vegetarian, wild, yard
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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family. Melissa, the genus name is from the Latin melisso phyllum, meaning, “honey bee” as it is a favorite flower of bees. The species name officinalis means that the herb has long been used by apothecaries.
Lemon balm also goes by the folk names Balm, Bee Balm, Dropsy Plant, Heart’s Delight, Melissa, and “Elixir of Life” (a name given by Paracelsus). Lemon balm was widely used in ancient Greek and Rome. This herb was sacred in the temple of Diana, and priestesses of Aphrodite were called Melissa. Avicenna, the great Arab physician (980-1037) said, Lemon Balm “causeth the mind and heart to be merry.”
The above-ground portion of the place is used as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, aromatic, carminative, cephalic, chologogue, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogoue, febrifuge, hypotensive (mild), nervine, parturient, rejuvenative, sedative, stomachic, tonic, and vasodilator.
Lemon Balm is used to treat allergies, amenorrhea, anxiety, asthma, attention deficit, bronchitis, chicken pox, chronic fatigue, colic, colds, depression, Fever, flatulence, Flu, Grave’s disease, headaches, herpes, homesickness, hyperactivity, hypertension, hysteria, indigestion, insomnia, menstrual cramps, migraine, mumps, muscle spasms, nausea, nervousness, Newcastle disease, nightmares, heart palpitations due to nerves, pain, restlessness, senility, shingles, smallpox, stomachache, and teething. Lemon balm clears heat, calms the heart, cleans the liver, improves chi circulation and lifts the spirits. German studies indicate lemon balm’s essential oils help protect the cerebrum from excess external stimuli.
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In a double boiler, melt: 2 tsp. raw honey
4-5 Tab. almond oil
1 T. beeswax
Stir until melted. Take off heat.
Add: 20 drops Essential Oil: tea tree, lemon, orange, tangerine, or peppermint Stir very fast for 30-60 seconds. Add natural mica powder, if desired. No chilling necessary. Cools very fast.
This recipe is an excerpt from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar.
No book of cosmetic recipes would be complete without instructions on how to make lip balm, a deliciously simple salve used to anoint and moisten those luscious lips.
Alkanet, a lovely garden flower, is not necessary in the lip balm, but adds a rich red color as well as its protective, emollient properties. A smaller amount of alkanet to oil will soften the color to pink or watermelon red.
This recipe calls for a cup of oil. One cup of lip balm makes a lot of ¼ -ounce containers enough to supply your entire neighborhood with lip balm for a lifetime! You might wish to cut this recipe in half.
1/8 ounce alkanet root (optional)
1 cup apricot, almond, or grapeseed oil
¼ cup beeswax
1 tablespoon honey
a few drops of pure essential oil to taste (orange, wintergreen, mints, vanilla, and rose are my favorites)
1. If using alkanet, simmer the root over low heat in a double boiler in oil for about 15-20 minutes, or until the oil has turned a deep red/black color. The deeper the color the redder the oil will be when strained and bottled. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth or a fine meshed strainer. If using other emollient herbs, simmer in oil in double boiler over low heat for 20-30 minutes. Strain.
2. Add beeswax, honey, and essential oil. A taste test here is appropriate. Then, test for consistency by placing a tablespoon of the oil in the freezer for 5 minutes. If the test batch is too hard, add a bit more oil to soften; if it is too soft, add more beeswax to harden.
3. Don’t let the mixture cool too much before pouring. If the lip balm begins to solidify and clings to the edges of the pot or measuring cup, quickly reheat the oil. Pour into ¼-or ½-ounce containers and let cool thoroughly before placing lids.
Here’s 2 videos as a demo on the how to make lip balm and since the amount of ingredients are for a large batch, I’ll be sending a couple of sample recipes for much smaller batches from 3 different books on how to make lipstick/balm/gloss. Once all is melted you could add in the rose mica to a recipe you like for a colored lipstick/balm/gloss. As shown in the other video, you could use the same recipe for making a creme cheek color as well. I guess it’ll depend on how much rose mica you add in. At least the colors will match.
“DIY Episode #2- Natural Lip Balm”
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