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Lemon Balm Blemish Paste

Natural Remedy for Acne: Lemon Balm Blemish Paste

Jennifer Bliss
Natural Remedy for Acne: Lemon Balm Blemish Paste
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Right now I have more Lemon Balm growing in my yard than I know what to do with.  I’ve decided to use these fast-growing amazing leaves for a number of things.  Lemon Balm Blemish Paste is one of my recent natural remedy creations.

The medicinal uses of Lemon Balm Leaves are extensive, and date back thousands of years.  Lemon Balm has been used to treat a large number of ailments, including: fainting, digestion, boils, sword wounds and baldness. (1)

Today, we are talking skin conditions.  Because of the plants’ strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action, Lemon Balm is classified as being calming, soothing, healing and tightening on the skin, while also stimulating circulation. (1) It’s thought to be excellent for acne and sunburned skin. (1)

Research has found that one of the advantages of lemon balm is the ability of its compounds –  caffeic acid and ferulic acid – to penetrate through the top layers into the deeper cutaneous layers of the skin, and provide protection against UV radiation-induced skin damage. (1)  Lemon Balm is high in flavonoids, which have an antioxidant effect.  Other skin benefits are attributed to Lemon Balm tannins, which are astringent and have antiviral effects. (1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 T Bentonite Clay
  • 1/2 T to 1 T Lemon Balm Tea

Directions:

  1. Steep 15 minutes (or cold brewed/infused overnight) Lemon Leaves in water to make a tea/tisane
  2. Add the brewed liquid slowly to the Bentonite Clay to make a paste.
  3. Apply on Blemish and let dry/harden, maybe 15-20 minutes, then remove with warm water.

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.herbhedgerow.co.uk

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