August is a fascinating month that exists right before we go through the transition into Autumn. It is a time that calls for extra compassion for others and ourselves as we navigate the coming end of summer and the beginning of a new season, physically on the earthy plane around us, in our bodies, and also ethereally within the universe around us, as well as within our own spirit.

Lemon Balm is our beautiful herbal ally this month, helping to soothe our fears, support our nervous system, and tend to a space without judgement. Below are a few recipes and ways to incorporate this soft herb into one’s daily life this month.

Lemon Balm

Every time one of our shop herbalists walks by a Lemon Balm plant, we must stop to rub our fingers against its soft leaves and raise the sweet lemony smell up to our noses. This herb has been found to be helpful in states of depression, restlessness, and can also be helpful with gastrointestinal issues. Lemon Balm brings great comfort to anxious states and has traditionally as an herb used to uplift one’s spirit. It is said that this plant is ruled by the planet Jupiter and is associated with the zodiac sign of cancer. Being associated with the water element, Lemon Balm helps to support one’s emotions and eases the flow and navigation of understanding one’s own feelings.

Compassion Ease Tea

  • 1pt Lemon Balm

  • 1pt Oatstraw

  • 1/4pt Hibiscus

  • 1/4pt Peony Root

  • 1/4pt Rose Petals (Pink or Red!)

Lemon Balm Pesto

  • 3/4 cup lemon balm leaves firmly packed

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 TB lemon juice

  • 3-4 garlic cloves

  • pinch of parsley (optional)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth/creamy!

Soul Soothing Spray

  • Use this spray on the face, body, sheets, or in the bath to soothe an anxious heart, body, or spirit. (External Use Only)

  • Essential Oils Of:

  • Rose - 6 drops

  • Lemon Balm - 5 drops

  • Neroli - 4 drops

  • Lavender - 3 drops

  • Frankincense - 3 drops

  • Angelica - 2 drops

  • One can double recipe for a stronger scent!

Kristin Schuch