Herbal tinctures have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, religious practices and fragrance. Creating an herbal tincture is as simple as using a liquid (such as vodka, apple cider, vinegar or oil) and soaking fresh herbs for 6 to 8 weeks. Strain the herbs from the liquid and you have a concentrated tincture. Lemon balm tincture works best with vodka and olive oil as the liquid carrier.
Lemon balm tincture can be added to teas, salves, lotions and beeswax. The medicinal uses of lemon balm cover a wide range of ailments. It is used as a calming agent for people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. It works well as a digestive aid and in helping with digestive upset such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. A few drops applied to a sore tooth to relieve a toothache. Salves, lotions, and beeswax combined with lemon balm tincture relieve burning, itching, and minor infections. Before using any herbal treatment check with your physician to ensure that you do not have any drug interactions.
Lemon balm tincture adds a refreshing lemon flavor to teas, cakes, cookies and poultry. Used in combination with other herbs, it will create a unique flavored dish. You can use lemon balm tincture in soups and stews. Its light flavor also does well in fish and seafood entrées. When you use lemon balm tincture with fresh herbs, add more than a few drops to the dish, so that the lemon taste is not overwhelmed. Be careful when flavoring teas with lemon balm tincture because of its sedative properties.
Add lemon balm tincture to dry and liquid potpourri, decorative rocks, artificial flowers or to an atomizer. Lemon balm's light, fresh scent helps to relieve nervousness, depression and melancholy. A tincture made from olive oil is recommended for use in liquid potpourri. For atomizers and dry items, such as sachets, use a tincture made from vodka.