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10 Uses For Lemon Balm Herb
A Diagram of Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm Is A Wonderful Healing Herb
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae. It should not be confused with Bee Balm which is in the Mondara species of plants.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is native to the southern part of Europe, but is now grown everywhere in the world. It is grown in many gardens as an ornamental plant. It's beautiful flowers help to attract bees to the garden. Lemon balm is also grown in many gardens for both it's medicinal use, as well as culinary uses.
The USDA Hardiness Zone charts says it is is easy to cultivate in zones 4 through 9. In the lower numbered zones, it needs an adequate covering of mulch and snow to survive the cold winters. In the upper zones, it will grow right up until the end of the year. It prefers full sun, but can tolerate some shade. If allowed, it can take over a garden. You can also grow it as in a pot in a sunny windowsill, to have it year round.
Fresh Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm In Your Garden
Lemon balm herb makes the perfect addition to any garden. It is easy to grow from seed, or seedling. Add it next to a dark foliage plant, and it's light green leaves will almost look like they glow. Once it flowers, it will attract bee's and butterflies to your garden. You can grow it for it's beauty, for it's medicinal purpose, it's culinary uses, or just as a pot herb. For whatever reason you decide to grow Lemon Balm, you will surely enjoy it.
Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Lemon balm essential oil is a rather expensive oil, but it is worth the price. Some companies mix it with lemon essential oil and you can tell the difference from the price of the oil. True lemon balm or melissa essential oil costs on average $70 -$90 for a 0.125 oz bottle.
The lemon balm essential oil can be used in an oil diffuser to relax. You can also mix it into a carrier oil like almond oil, for a relaxing massage. Mix about 10 drops to 8 ounces of oil.
Lemon balm essential oil can also be mixed into a spray bottle and used as a bug spray.
Lemon Balm Insect Repellent Recipe
Looking to make a great natural insect repellent? Then, look no further.
- Add 2-3 good sized handful of fresh lemon balm leaf to a quart of vodka.
- Let the mixture steep for 4 weeks. Be sure to shake it every day. This will help mix the herb into the vodka.
- Strain herb from the vodka, and pour into an 8 ounce spray bottle.
- Next, add the essential oils. You will add six drops of citronella, three of peppermint and three of basil. Keeps away biting flies, and mosquitoes.
- If you are using the dried herb, use about 1-2 handfuls. The dried is a little more concentrated, and you will need less herb.
- Do not use on children 5 and under. Peppermint is too strong for the little ones. If the child is under 5, you can substitute 4 drops of lavender for the peppermint.
Lemon Balm Infusion
Lemon Balm Sun Tea
Lemon Balm tea has a slight lemony taste, and is very delicious. For a hot summer day, it makes the perfect iced tea.
Place about 3 handfuls into a clean jar. Adjust the amount for the size of the jar. You want the jar to be about 1/2 full.
Set into the sun. Let sit for at least 4-6 hours. Strain out the herb and drink hot or add some ice. A slice of lemon, or a sprig of mint can be added.
Fresh lemon balm works best for this, as the dried herb does not have the lemony taste.
Lemon Balm Tooth Polish
Super delicious and whitens your teeth! Make a strong lemon balm leaf infusion. Add enough to 2 tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste. Add a pinch of cinnamon, and clove. A wonderful way to have fresh breath.
Lemon Balm Oil
Lemon Balm leaf can be infused into an oil to have in your natural first aid kid for insect bites, stings, rashes, and other viral skin infections. It is also used for herpes and cold sores.
Lemon Balm Salve
Lemon Balm oil can be made into a salve or ointment for cold sores, herpes, and shingles. The eugenol, tannins, terpenes and other natural chemicals make it helpful in healing viral skin infections. Used regularly, it can help shorten the duration of the herpes virus, and stop the outbreak of herpes. It's eugenol content is what helps the pain of shingles.
Lemon Balm Sitz Bath
Make an infusion in a large canning jar. Let sit for at least 4-6 hours. Overnight is better. Strain out the herb, and pour half the infusion into a shallow tub of water. Soak for 20 minutes. Pat dry. This will help heal the sores of herpes. Repeat in a day or so. The infusion will last up to 5 days in the fridge.
Lemon Balm Bug Sachet
Snip a few sprigs of lemon balm from the plant. Tie together with a string or pretty ribbon. Hang the springs upside down near a door or window. The scent will help repel flies and other insects. When dried, you can make it into a tea, (if it didn't get dusty), use in the tooth polish, add it to your bug spray, or throw onto the compost pile.
Lemon Balm Syrup
Add one cup dried herb to four quarts of water. Let simmer for 30 minutes on low. Add 3 cups of sugar. Cook for approximately 45 minutes to one hour until it thickens. It is best to use a cooking thermometer that you would use to make jelly. Use on vanilla ice cream, pancakes or waffles.
Lemon Balm Information
- Lemon Balm - Herbal Encyclopedia
Remedies, key actions and cautions regarding Lemon Balm. Learn about it's history and medicinal properties including cold sores, insect bites and more.
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- Surivon Antiviral Healing Salve
This combination of organic healing herbs will help promote quick healing of the herpes sores. Surivon Salve can help to lessen and prevent future outbreaks.
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Culinary Uses of Lemon Balm
- How To Make Lemon Balm Butter
A lemony delicious recipe using Lemon Balm leaf, and butter. Makes a great condiment for fish, meat or veggies. Use a butter mold, and it makes decorate art at parties or weddings.
- Lemon Balm Chicken Recipe; Casserole Cooking With Lemon Balm Herb
Lemon balm adds a delicious, and tangy flavor of lemon to teas, cookies, pastries, and meats. An easy, one dish lemon balm chicken recipe.
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