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“Her-story” and “Sweet Melissa” IngredientsLemon Balm: an herb adored by bees that is commonly called "Melissa” (the Greek word for “honeybee”). Besides its wonderful Lemony scent, this herb has a beautiful history of honoring women (the Priestesses of Aphrodite were called Melissa). Oh my. Lemon Balm (as tea) “soothes and restores the nervous system; uplifts the spirit; gladdens the heart; calming to anyone feeling anxious, stressed, or exhausted.” Note: although predominately used as tea (I make a strong infusion to prepare this formula) my understanding is that our skin absorbs deeply and as such, we receive its spiritual & nutritional properties. Who wants to be a Priestess? Chamomile: “cleanses and soothes the skin; its anti-inflammatory quality helps with inflammations of the skin; tolerated by every skin type, particularly suited for sensitive, dry, chapped skin.” Note: while researching Chamomile I discovered “this herb possesses such strong healing powers that to strengthen a sickly plant, one only has to grow Chamomile next to it - Chamomile strengthens the soil, absorbs lime and passes it on to other plants”. “Melissa’s” supporting ingredients: Kukui Nut Oil; Avocado Oil; Sweet Almond Oil; bee’s wax; essential oils of Indian Basil, American Sweet Orange and Croatian Coriander. Ordering: "Sweet Melissa” will not be listed on my website due to limited, seasonal availability. To order using PayPal please “send funds” to firstname.lastname@example.org price includes shipping: 3/ounce @ $38.00 and 1.5/ounce @ $25.00. I highly recommend 3/ounce as this size will last approximately 4/weeks by which time Chamomile may no longer be in bloom (the bees’ may have moved on to the Blackberry bushes). As always, when I create a new formula I “slather it on” to experiment before offering and to ensure its effectiveness. I’ve been using Sweet Melissa for 3/days and I’m in “honeybee heaven.” My skin is nourished, plump, and lovely ... and I’m swatting the bees’ away.
Elise Muller, Proprietor / Artisan / Gardener @ www.mountain-spirit-botanicals.com