Lemon Balm and bees.

This is one of the three or four most expensive oils most aromatherapists have in their collection. And yet, Lemon Balm or Melissa officiinalis is seen by many as a weed to be pulled up. While I have the essential oil in my box and find it one of the best oils for dealing with anxiety, I use the fresh herb far more often.

I make an infused oil using the fresh herb not only because it is free but also because extracting the oil in this way makes it feel more alive and energetic to me. There is doubtless some difference in the chemical balance of the infused oil compared to adding essential oil to the carrier oil that accounts for this but I don’t know of studies comparing the two and none came up when I searched for them.

I also use the fresh herb to make a tea, particularly enjoying the first leaves of the season which is usually about now (end of April/start of May) in Cambridge.

I have also been rubbing the  leaves on the inside of bait hives that I want to use to attract swarms of bees to. The smell mimics a pheromone that the bees give off when swarming. This year I have a number of people waiting for swarms and also want to put one into the observation hive in the community Orchard in Trumpington.


Here the bees moved into a box on their own and I didn’t notice for a few days!

The beeswax is used to make a skin balm using organic olive oil and essential oils.

When a swarm moves into a hive or hollow tree etc, they initially make wax using the honey they have consumed and stored in their bodies before swarming. This wax is particularly pure and needs virtually no filtering when used for skin preparations, polish etc.


2013-04-23_10-04-30If you want to book a massage using Lemon Balm or other essential oils or buy some skin balm either one of my standard mixes or for a small extra fee for the first order, one made specifically for your needs email

dave@cambridgearomatherapy.com or phone/text 07939273569