I use lemon balm occasionally to help with heart palpitations I sometimes get with hot flashes and I give it to my daughter when she has rough monthly cycles. I've found that the easiest way to use lemon balm is in a tincture form. I've always bought it from the health food store in the past but I have lemon balm growing all over my yard and while I make tea with it during the spring and summer, I seldom bother drying it for winter use. The tincture usually covers me for the 2 months when my lemon balm isn't producing. I'm almost out so I went to the local health food store and they've quit selling it. One of my 13 in 13 tasks was to learn how to make my own tincures. So today, I went to the store and bought my 100 proof vodka and then went to the South side of the house where my lemon balm generally produces year round. I found enough young, green leaves to work with and I now have a quart size jar of lemon balm marinating. I hope it works! But, I need to wait several weeks to find out. Some of the resources I used:
I had no idea it was so easy to make!