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Bee Balm can be added to fruit salads, pork recipes, punches and other
beverage recipes plus it can be substituted for mint.

Summer Punch
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup Bee balm leaves
1/2 cup raspberries
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup mint leaves (any variety)
1 47 ounce can chilled pineapple juice
3 liters of ginger ale
In a sauce pan dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice, over low heat. Add
the bee balm and raspberries. Bring to a simmer, stir to break up the
raspberries. When the sugar is dissolved, strain leaves and berries out
of the liquid. Add cranberry juice and mint, stirring well. Chill up to
24 hours. When ready to serve, pour into a punch bowl and add pineapple
juice, ice and ginger ale.

Bee Balm Iced Tea
1/2 cup Bee Balm flowers and leaves
8 cups boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the Bee Balm. Cover and steep until cool,
about an hour. Strain and discard flowers. You can sweeten with sugar if
desired. Chill until ready to use and serve over ice.
Bee Balm Tea: Pour one cup of boiling water over 1/4 cup fresh leaves
and allow to brew for 5 minutes. Strain and sweeten if you wish before
serving. To use dried bee balm pour one cup of boiling water over two
teaspoons of the dried leaves. Brew the same and strain.

Summer Tea Blend
3 tbsp. dried chamomile flowers
1 tbsp. dried bee balm leaves
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tbsp. apple or pineapple mint leaves
Mix all the dried herbs together in a jar. Use 2 tsp. of the mix per cup
of tea. Steep for 5 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey or sugar if
you wish.
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For a fast acting homemade eye wash, steep 2 teaspoons
of chamomile in 1 pint of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Then cool, strain the infusion through a steril cloth, rinse
your eye, and bye bye pink eye.

"Oddball Ointments, Powerful Potions,
& Fabulous Folk Remedies"
by Jean Karen Thomas
a Jerry Baker Health Book
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1/4 of a banana
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
9 drops of chamomile essential oil

Mash the banana with a fork, making it as much of a paste as possible. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together thoroughly.

Massage the mask onto your face and neck. (a face massage feels great, even when you give it to yourself)

Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. lay back, listen to some music, relax, meditating on how radiant you feel

Take a hot shower and wash off the mask. The steam from the shower will cleanse your pores. As you rinse off when you finish your shower, slowly make the water as cool as you can handle. This will close up your pore so you can... moisturize when you get out of the shower and dry off.
You should look and feel divine!!
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Use this simple herbal wash to clean your face.

1/2C. chamomile or lavender flowers.
1/2C. crushed fennel seeds
2C. boiled water.
Infuse chamomile or lavender flowers and fennel seeds in
boiled water. Steep 20 minutes, strain, and splash on face.
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1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
3 black tea bags

Place in a gallon container and add cold water
to fill the jar. Set in the sun for several hours.
Strain our tea and herbs. Pour over ice and
refrigerate the leftovers. Sweeten with honey
or sugar if desired.
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Lemon balm is an easy to grow perennial that grows
similar to mint. It likes some shade during the hot part
of the day or it will wilt slightly. I find it very drought
tolerant and rarely give it extra water unless we go
quite awhile without rain. In fact, it doesn't like wet
feet, and prefers a loose, fairly fertile soil. It will
tolerate dry soil as well. I harvest my plant at least
3 times each summer and still have more than I
can use with just one plant. It can be harvested
within 2-3 inches from the base of the plant each
time and it comes back with vigor! I've read that
in some parts of the United States it's becoming
known as a pest, but I've found that if you keep it
harvested and don't allow it to go to seed it stays
under control.

You can divide lemon balm in the spring or fall. You
can also take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for
the winter. It can be grown from seed in the spring,
or started indoors in late winter and transplanted.

Lemon balm is not considered an ornamental herb,
but I think the leaves are pretty, and I can't resist
grabbing one each time I pass it to smell the lovely
lemon scent. My daughter is three and it's her favorite
plant. I have mine located next to my sage plant, which
is great for snipping both herbs quickly to stuff the cavity
of a roast chicken before cooking. I use it in my herbal
vinegars and teas as well. Cut the whole stems within a
few inches of the base of the plant, gather into groups of
5-6 stems, tie and hang in a warm, airy location. When
dry, strip off the leaves, store in a covered container
and use as needed.

Roasted Lemon Balm Chicken

Handful of fresh lemon balm leaves, stems removed
1/4 cup or so of fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large roasting chicken
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°. Trim herb leaves from stems; wash
and pat dry. Set sprigs aside. Chop two-thirds of the leaves,
and combine with the butter, salt, and pepper. Rinse chicken
and pat dry. Loosen the skin in several places and insert the
herb butter underneath. Rub chicken with salt, pepper, and
garlic powder. Insert the remaining herb sprigs into the cavity
of the chicken. Place breast-side-down in a roasting pan. Bake
30 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake about 20 minutes
longer. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Lemon Lovers Tea

1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon thyme leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon verbena leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon geranium leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon grass leaves
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Mix all together and use a tsp. or so per
cup of boiling water. If you are missing any
of the lemon herbs, just use more of the
ones you do have.

Lemon Mint Sun Tea

1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
3 black tea bags

Place in a gallon container and add cold water
to fill the jar. Set in the sun for several hours.
Strain our tea and herbs. Pour over ice and
refrigerate the leftovers. Sweeten with honey
or sugar if desired.

Rose and Herb Tea

1/2 cup dried red rose petals (make sure no sprays were used)
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Mix well. Use 1 teaspoon for each cup and
pour boiling water over the herbs, then strain
after 5 minutes or so. Sweeten as desired.

Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons light olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
6-8 leaves lemon balm
Fresh black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons wine vinegar

Stack the lemon balm leaves together and
roll, then with a very sharp knife cut thin strips,
and then chop finely. Combine with the other
ingredients and serve with steamed vegetables
or mixed salad greens.

Lemon Orange Cheese Spread

2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
1 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh lemon balm

Blend the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Mix in the other ingredients. Chill overnight and
serve at room temperature.

Lemon Astringent

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon balm
1 cup witch hazel

Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to steep for 1 week. Strain. Use 1 teaspoon
per application with a cotton ball. Refrigerate if you
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1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Grated zest from 1 lemon (no white)
1 teaspoon loose chamomile tea or dried chamomile
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the butter, sugar, and salt
and beat until fluffy. Blend in the lemon zest, loose tea, and flour
until smooth. Press into an 8-inch square pan. Bake for 30 minutes
or until shortbread begins to turn golden. Cut into 9 squares and
then cut each square into 2 triangles. Cut while warm, then cool
in the pan before removing. (if you wish you can process the
chamomile in a blend or food processor to make it finer).

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Mix together equal parts of rose petals,
lavender and chamomile. Place in a muslin
bag and tie tightly. Let steep in a tub of warm
water while relaxing.

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Sage Astringent - for oily skin
4 Tbsp dried Sage
6 Tbsp 100 proof Vodka
1/4 tsp Borax
3 Tbsp witch hazel
10 drops glycerine

Macerate the sage in the alcohol for 2 weeks and then strain.
Dissolve the borax in the witch hazel. Stir mixture into the alcohol.
Mix in the glycerine and pour into a sterile bottle with a tight fitting
Shake before each use.

Avocado and Nettle Moisturizer
1 tsp Beeswax
2 tsp emulsifying wax
8 tsp hazelnut oil
4 tsp avocado oil
1/8 tsp borax
2 Tbsp strong nettle infusion, warm
4 drops cedarwood essential oil

Melt the waxes together. Warm the oils in a bain de marie and gradually
beat them into the waxes. Dissolve the borax in the warm nettle
infusion. Slowly beat this into the wax mixture. Allow to cool then mix
in the essential oil. Spoon into jars and label.

Lavender Astringent - lavender has great antiseptic qualities. 3 parts
lavender flowers 1 part powdered orris sufficient cider vinegar to cover
Combine ingredients and leave to stand for at least 2 weeks. Strain
through a cloth or coffee filter and bottle. Dilute before using
directly on the skin. Dilution: 2 Tbsp to a wash basin of water should
be sufficient.

Chamomile and Cucumber Lotion - my mom made a similar one without the
glycerine 2 fl oz strong chamomile infusion 12 oz cucumber 6 tsps
glycerine Finely chop the cucumber and squeeze out the juice (or use a
juicer). Slightly warm infusion and stir in the glycerine. When
thoroughly amalgamated, stir in the cucumber juice. Allow to cool and
bottle. Refrigerate.
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Cocoa Butter Eye Cream
2 tbsp petroleum jelly
2 tbsp cocoa butter
2 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in an ovenproof glass container.
Heat gently in the microwave or in a water bath (place the glass pitcher
in a pan with 1 or 2 inches of water and heat).

Pour into a clean container and cool completely; the mixture will
solidify as it cools. Use nightly around your eyes. Yields 3 oz.

(The sensitive skin under the eye needs extra care and conditioning.
Cocoa Butter has been used for years to treat age lines around the eyes
and mouth. It helps soften and protect delicate skin. This eye cream is
rich, so a small amount is all that is needed nightly)

Lanolin Lip Balm
1 tsp lanolin
1 tsp grated beeswax
1 tsp petroleum jelly

Melt the lanolin, wax, and petroleum jelly together over medium heat in
a glass measuring cup in a pan of boiling water (water bath technique).
Pour the melted mixture into a lip gloss container or clean pillbox.
Cool completely, until cool to the touch, approx. 20 minutes. Rub into
lips and enjoy. Yields 1/2 oz.

Basic Shampoo A
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid soap (castille or one for sensative skin, etc.) 1/2 tsp
light vegetable oil (if you have oily hair, then omit oil)

Mix together all the ingredients. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze
bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Shampoo as normal and rinse well with
cool water.

Basic Shampoo B
1 cup water
1/2 cup liquid soap or inexpensive shampoo
1/2 cup glycerine
1/4 cup borax powder

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze
bottle. Let the mixture sit overnight to thicken. Shampoo as normal
and rinse well with cool water. Yields 16 oz.

Herbal Shampoo
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp dried or 1/3 cup fresh chamomile, lavender, or rosemary 1/2 cup
Basic Shampoo (either one - it's your choice) 2 tbsp glycerine

Mix together the water and herbs and heat gently to make a strong tea.
Let the mixture steep for at least 20 minutes. Add the shampoo and
glycerine to the herbal water mixture and stir well.

Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle. Let the mixture sit
overnight to thicken. Yields 8 oz

(Chamomile makes a mild shampoo that is perfect for fine, light-colored
hair; the flowers have a mild bleaching effect. If you have dark
colored hair, use rosemary or lavender to enhance your own natural

Desert Wonder Shampoo -this shampoo is great for people who live in dry
areas -
1/4 cup Basic Shampoo
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp glycerine
1/2 tsp avocado oil

Mix all of the ingredients together. Pour the shampoo into a container
with a tight fitting lid. Shampoo as normal but leave on an extra few
minutes. Rinse with cool water.
*note* this shampoo may separate; always shake well to remix before

The aloe vera plant is sometimes called the "wonder of the desert"
because of it's many uses, especially as a moisterizer for the skin and
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1 cup dried chamomile
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup milk
8 teaspoons wheat germ

Steep chamomile in milk for a few hours. Strain, keeping liquid. Add
honey and wheat germ to liquid mixture. Blend well. Place in a bottle.
Refrigerate any used portions. Keeps up to a week.


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