Spotlight on Lemon Balm
Are you familiar with Lemon Balm?
You may have noticed that this is one of our new options for our Advanced Botanicals Toner and I thought I'd share a bit more about this ingredient.
Is Lemon Balm a Citrus Ingredient?
1. the name is somewhat misleading. One would assume that Lemon Balm is a citrus ingredient, but Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) is actually a member of the mint family.
2. The lemon balm herb contains something called Eugenol, which is calming to irritated, sensitive spots.
3. Natural tannins, which are found in tea, are also present. These are naturally astringent.
4. This herb is also rich in antioxidants, meaning that this a a protective ingredient to help fight free radical damage.
Seed Fun Fact:
Did you know that the first reported use of Lemon Balm in skin care dates all the way back to the 1300s? It is said that the Queen of Hungary used to apply the herb to her skin to help fight wrinkles. Interesting, don't you think?
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Fragrance free is what you are looking for.
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