My garden is full of lemon balm, mint, roses and lavender. I like to cook with the mint—the other plants I admire for their beauty. But I didn’t know I could make cologne out of them until I saw this recipe in Janice Cox’s book, Natural Beauty at Home. The recipe is so simple to make that I had to try it:
2 tbsp rose petals
1 tsp fresh or ½ tsp dried citrus peel
2 tbsp fresh lemon balm leaves
2 tbsp fresh lavender petals
1 tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 cup distilled water
1/2 cup vodka or witch hazel
Put leaves and petals in a saucepan and pour water over them. Cook until boiling and remove from heat. Let cool and pour into a clean jar. Add vodka or witch hazel. Let the mixture sit for two weeks. Strain liquid through a coffee filter into a clean container.
Makes 4 ounces.
You can use dried herbs and flowers—just use half the amount that you would of fresh ones.
My mixture is steeping now. So far it smells pretty good—sweet and citrusy—and I’m looking forward to trying it out.