Lemon Balm

posted Oct 30, 2014, 11:31 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Jul 23, 2015, 4:29 PM ]
Aka Melissa officinalis, balm mint, bee balm, sweet balm,

This plant is a perennial 24 inch tall plant that flowers white cone flower heads.

  • Plant 18 inches apart as it self sows by seed as well as divisions of the plant. Plant in part shade, moist soil.

This can be added to many foods including salads, and mint beverages. It can be used in tea by steeping the dried leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes.

According to The Herb Book by John Lust this herb is an antispasmodic, calming, sweat inducer, and stomach soother. It is also stated as a remedy for female complaints, and insomnia. The warm infusion has the ability to make a person sweat.

Use this herb in pillows to sleep beside - The dry herb can be soothing and aide in sleep.

Make a tea by steeping a few leaves with hot water for 10 - 15 minutes. Strain & sweeten. Combine with other lemony herbs such as lemon thyme for a more complex lemon flavor.

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