Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Ginger & Lemon Balm Syrup for Cold & Flu

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and picky husbands! … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Bug Spray

lemon balm bug spray

I’ve tried a lot of homemade bug spray recipes. Some were just terrible. I remember taking one concoction camping and I’m pretty sure that I was attracting every mosquito in the county with that particular formula! On a weekly basis, readers write in to ask about homemade insect repellents, but until now, I hadn’t developed a recipe I felt comfortable recommending. This one works for me, my family and friends that tested it, at a … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Soap

Lemon Balm Cold Process Soap Recipe

Lemon balm grows like crazy around my house (which is a good thing!), so, of course, I had to turn some of it into a soap! For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm.   This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. If you’ve never made soap before, be sure to thoroughly research the process and precautions before … Continue reading

12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm

12 Things To Do With Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that not only attracts bees to the garden, but is also a great anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyper children. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. A leaf can be chewed to freshen the breath or crushed and placed on a bug bite to help ease the itch. … Continue reading

Honey & Lemon Sore Throat Candy Drops

Honey & Lemon Sore Throat Drops

This week, a cacophony of coughs, sneezes and complaints about sore throats and stuffy ears can be heard throughout our house as a pesky cold runs its course through the family. A common home remedy for soothing sore throats is lemon juice mixed with honey; however, that isn’t always so easy to swallow, especially if you’re a kid. That’s where these tasty little sore throat candy drops come in. The inspiration for these comes from … Continue reading