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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm or Melissa is a good all round useful medicinal plant that can be used for a variety of ailments.

To make an infusion, pick young fresh leaves and lightly chop into a quantity of two teaspoonfuls - add one cupful of boiling water. Leave the mixture to brew for between five to ten minutes then strain off the liquid (you may add one teaspoonful of clear honey if preferred) allow to cool for a few minutes until the mixture is pleasantly warm. May be taken morning and evening - up to twice per day for three to four days.

The infusion is especially beneficial for tension or nervous headaches. It was considered useful in the treatment of nervous disorders in the 1600's. It may also be used for digestive disorders, including bloating, acidity, general stomach aches, nausea, panic, anxiety and  feelings of irritability. Use topically (apply a small amount with a clean piece of lint) to cold sores. This plant was believed to promote longevity.

 *Lemon Balm may inhibit thyroid function consult a practitioner if taking thyroid medication.

Lemon Balm



Mint is a hardy perennial plant. Probably the best varieties to grow for medicinal purposes are peppermint and spearmint. Standard garden mint can also be used.

To make an infusion - lightly chop approximately one teaspoonful of mint leaves and add one cupful of boiling water leave to stand for five to ten minutes. Strain off the juice and allow to cool until tepid - sip slowly.

*It is best to avoid giving peppermint to young children because of its menthol content.

Mint is useful for cases of nausea, indigestion and digestive disorders including flatulance. It is a useful aid for the stomach and  intestines. May be of benefit to the gall bladder and liver.

Common Peppermint




 Nasturtiums have been successfully introduced from Peru and are easily grown from seed (plant from March onwards).  Use small amounts of the new leaves, which are hot and peppery, in salad (sometimes the flowers are also used to garnish salads). It is said that these soft new leaves purify the blood and are helpful in urinary infections. Leaves, flowers, seeds and buds are all edible.