Uses for lemon balm in your home, garden, beauty routine, cooking as well as lemon balm recipes, and Why You Need Lemon Balm In Your Garden.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis, for a complete dissection, read the Lemon Balm Guide from the Herb Society of America) is easy to grow from seed, rooted cuttings or by root division. The herb thrives in full sun, but can be grown in partial shade. Lemon Balm can be grown in most areas of the United States, US hardiness zones 4-9.
Lemon Balm is a perennial. Plant lemon balm in a pot as it will spread (and take over your garden).
Uses for Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm Uses In Your Garden
• Attracts Bees to your garden. And we all know bees are good for pollination.
• Mosquito Repellent – It smells better than citronella. from Marie
Medicinal Uses of Lemon Balm
• Alzheimer’s Disease – Lemon balm is inhaled as aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
• Cold Sores – Topical applications of lemon balm have proven effective at treating cold sores (oral herpes). A study published in Phytomedicine found that, when used early, a cream made with lemon balm extract reduced the number of blisters in an outbreak.
• For a Fever – … her mother always gave this to them when they were kids when they had fever. from Kim
• Tea – cooling, relaxing tea, good for anxiety or nerves.. or just a nice relaxing tea for a busy afternoon or evening. My grandmother always called it Melissa Tea (melissa officinalis) from Kim
Uses For Lemon Balm In Cooking and Baking
• Candied – When candied, the leaves make attractive cake decorations. (You can even use the cooled water as an insecticide.)
• Extract Flavoring – The extract and oil of lemon balm are used for flavor in recipes.
• Fish Garnish – As a garnish for fish.
• Lemon Peel Substitute – Use as a substitute for lemon peel in recipes.
• Lemon Rind Substitute Substitute for lemon rind in jam making, and marmalade.
• Salads – Use fresh leaves in salads.
• Vegetable Garnish Sprinkle over fresh vegetables, especially corn and broccoli.
• Wine – The flower tips and young leaves are floated in wine or fruit cups as a flavoring and garnish.
Uses For Lemon Balm For The Home
• Potpourri – dried as part of a potpourri, they add a nice scent.
• Soaps – when making soaps, a nice scent.
• Rinse Aid Can be used in rinse water for clothes.
Personal and Beauty Treatment Uses of Lemon Balm For The Home
• Conditioner – A stronger infusion makes a good rinse for oily hair.
• Facial Use as a facial steam for dry skin and to treat acne.
• To Treat Insect Bites Rub on a fresh lemon balm leaf to soothe insect bites.
• Skin Toner – An infusion made with lemon balm leaves makes for a refreshing skin toner.
If you have Graves Disease, use only under medical supervision.
If you are using sedatives, ask your doctor about using Lemon Balm.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take Lemon Balm.
Tell your doctor you are using lemon balm if you have a surgery planned. The doctor may have you discontinue using lemon balm two weeks prior to surgery as it might cause too much drowsiness if combined with medications used during and after surgery.
Here are a few Lemon Balm Recipes:
Lemon Balm Insect Repellent Recipe
• Quart of Vodka
• 2-3 cups Fresh Lemon Balm Leaf
• Add the lemon balm leaf to the quart of vodka.
• Allow to steep for one month.
• Strain herb from liquid, and pour into spray bottle.
• Add essential oils citronella, peppermint and basil.
Keeps away biting flies, and mosquitoes.
Do not use on small children.
Lemon Balm Tea
• One Lemon Balm Sprig
• Several Mint Leaves
• Bruise the leaves with a spoon.
• Add hot water to fill the cup, allow to sit for a few minutes.
• Add honey to taste.
Lemon Balm Salad Dressing
• Combine all ingredients in a blender until liquefied.
• Keep Refrigerate.
Honey and Lemon Balm Biscuits
• 1 cup Butter
• 1 cup Honey
• 3 Eggs
• 3 cups Self-raising Flour
• 1 TBSP Milk
• 2 tsp Lemon Juice
• 4 Lemon Balm Sprigs, chopped
• In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream the butter with honey.
• Add eggs, beat well.
• Add remaining ingredients.
• Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 375°
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