Melissa officinalis is a fragrant perennial herb. Many people who grow Lemon balm have some plant starts to share since it spreads easily. One of my favorite things about lemon balm is that each time you stroke the leaves a refreshing light lemony scent is released. The soothing fragrance provides an immediate aromatherapy pick-me-up. Reach for lemon balm to improve your mood.
Cooking: A small handful, about ¼ cup of fresh lemon balm leaves can be chopped into small pieces and added to salad, or any meal as a garnish.
For a lemony desert you can add 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped Lemon Balm leaves to a quart jar of Coconut chia pudding. To make Coconut Chia pudding simply pour 1/2 C. organic Chia seeds into a quart jar. Fill to the top with coconut milk, about 3 cups. Stir with a spoon and place in the refrigerator. Once the pudding is thick, anywhere form 1/2-2 hours, blend in the chopped Lemon Balm leaves. I like chia pudding for breakfast in the summer in place of gluten free oatmeal. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract and a few shakes of cinnamon and seasonal fresh fruit, I like blueberries.
Home remedies: Make a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried herbs per cup of water or 1 Tablespoon of fresh leaves per cup of water. Steep for about 20 minutes. To make a sun tea, place a handful of chopped herbs, about 1 cup of herbs in a quart jar. Fill to the top with water and let sit in the hot sun for at least ½ hour or until the water turns slightly green. You can sip on this tea throughout the day. It tastes good hot or cold. You can even blend it with your favorite juice. Lemon balm blends well with rose petals and linden flowers, or lavender, oat straw, and nettles for calming teas.
Lemon balm helps us to relax when we feel emotionally overwhelmed or sad. Life’s lessons bring us many opportunities to learn and grow. Feelings that do not have a chance to be expressed and flow can remain buried inside and create illness. When we internalize and hold in feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, jealousy, and revenge, harm can be caused to our mind, body, and spirit. When this happens and we don’t have anyone to listen to us, or an outlet for emotional expression, our own unhappiness and disappointment can make us feel pain in our hearts. That can lead us to be unkind to other people. Drinking Lemon Balm tea can help us have a calm mind and open heart. We can have fun and feel good about the world and ourselves. This helps us to make choices that encourage kindness and supporting each other during hard times. Lemon Balm also has antiviral properties against the Herpes Simplex 1 virus, which can cause cold sores. Drink a cup a day for prevention.
For Lemon Balm Gathering Tips Click Here to watch my youtube video.
There are a couple of ways that I usually dry Lemon Balm. Click Here for tip #1 to watch a short youtube video.
Click Here for drying tip #2.
I make a unique Herbal Elixir with organic Lemon Balm Tincture, California Poppy flower essence and Gold Gem Elixir. This is an excellent formula to take homeopathically when you are processing earlier life wound and integrating past life lessons into this incarnation. Buy Past Life Integration on my Spirit Herbs Etsy store.
I’d like to share my Flower Teas made with organic Lemon Balm balm leaves and flowers with you. Relaxing Rose Tea and Moscow Mint Tea and Lavender Serenity are all available at my Spirit Herbs Etsy Store.