I'm so glad you decided to write about Lemon Balm! What an amazing plant you have described. Thank you!
Lemon balm is the plant I forage for the most, tincture the oftenest, and share with the most people. I have several favorite local places I find it (and by local, I mean within a block of my house) and use it almost daily for anything from menstrual cramps to PMS. I also use it for those days when I'm feeling overwhelmed or just need to sweeten my temper. It's so effective at relieving menstrual cramps (when taken at the very first hint of a twinge) that I've given up my OTC pain meds. I've also tried it in the tea form for little ones who are grumpy and not able to get a nap. It's pleasant flavor and the fact that they are able to help harvest it themselves lends itself to use with toddlers, in my opinion. When mixed with kava kava, it provides a huge relief for the more serious depressions and upsets. Taken directly under the tongue, it's also great for road rage.
Lemon balm is one of my herbal allies and I love it. We make a lovely liqueur with Melissa, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of coriander, some lemon zest and a couple peppermint leaves all tossed in some vodka and left to steep. I give it a couple of shakes a day the first couple of weeks and then let it go until I'm ready to strain it. I usually let it go for a month or two. Then we add some honey thinned with water until it is sweet wonderfulness. I honestly like a little extra cinnamon so that it is very warming on the way in. It's best served chilled but strained from the ice so as not to dilute.
I love using lemon balm for clients with shingles. I make up overnight infusions steeped at a cup dried leaves to a quart of boiling water per day. Even as a simple it helps alleviate the pain.
I love Lemon Balm too, it's one of my favourite herbs in the garden, so easy to grow and so useful. When tinctured fresh it really blasts away cold sores so I have it on standby all winter and drink it fresh all summer.
I have a large patch of lemon balm and my dogs (german shepherds) have always loved to eat it- they look like cows grazing! But, every day they eat lemon balm and also they lay down in it as well and watch me work in the garden.
Thanks for this, Rosalee! I have Lemon Balm in my garden, and love it!
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