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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create an infusion of lemon balm leaf. Infusion is a method of extracting desired compounds from plant material by steeping the material in hot or cold water, depending on the plant and its attributes.

To show you’ve completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your lemon balm leaf being harvested
- a picture of the infusion being made
- a picture of the finished infusion
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Making some tea. Apparently the first to make lemon balm tea for a BB. Woot!
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I picked a good handful
I picked a good handful
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Pouring the water
Pouring the water
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Steeped for a long time
Steeped for a long time
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Here is my submission for the Natural Medicine Aspect - Sand for Straw - Create a Lemon Balm Infusion BB.  

I harvested lemon balm at my sister's house this year.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- a picture of your lemon balm leaf being harvested
- a picture of the infusion being made
- a picture of the finished infusion
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Harvesting Lemon Balm
Harvesting Lemon Balm
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steeping - infusing
steeping - infusing
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ready to drink
ready to drink
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Dave Burton approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify this BB as complete.

 
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This is day three of starting my day with an infusion.

I bought a lemon balm plant back in March, took a bunch of cuttings and propagated in a glass of water. I ended up with a dozen plants, six went into pots and have been harvested all summer. The other six went in a patch of gravel at the back of my tiny veg garden. There is almost no soil and the gravel sits on the subsoil here which is more gravel, silt and cobbles. I just left it and it thrived!

I picked a handful and seeped for a good 20 minutes until it was warm and lovely to drink. Made a lovely tea, light and lemony and refreshing with no trace of bitterness.
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Hey Skip team, I needed some heartache relief tonight. So I went for my lemon balm patch. I picked, infused and drank it. There's probably something more healing in the pursuit and intention than in the tea. Oh well, either way.
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Picking
Picking
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Boiling water
Boiling water
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Lemon balm goes in to seep
Lemon balm goes in to seep
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The finished tea
The finished tea
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I went traipsing through my neglected garden today and was glad to see the lemon balm was still alive. It's been awhile since I've made lemon balm tea.
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Harvesting lemon balm
Harvesting lemon balm
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Fresh leaves ready to infuse
Fresh leaves ready to infuse
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I used a tea ball for easier straining
I used a tea ball for easier straining
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Action shot of infusion taking place
Action shot of infusion taking place
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Finished infusion. I love the floral lemony smell.
Finished infusion. I love the floral lemony smell.
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