Friday, October 17, 2008

Lemon Balm drying

I have harvested some of the Lemon Balm which is overrunning one of our side gardens. It's now happily started it's drying process - hanging up in my studio window. It's lovely to see all the spring plants come up - which we had no part in planting. It's like a box of chocolates....etc. - Both A & I thought this was mint for a long time - not taking the time to actually pull a leaf off it and smell. Only recently we realised it's Lemon Balm - (thanks Mum) and so I have been busily reading up on what one can do with it. It's a fantastic herb - as long as you keep it under control. Here is a list of things I am planning.

1. Dry and put in tea, sachets, meals
2. Dry and make a fantastic sounding Lemon Balm Liquuer
3. Use fresh in meals
4. Use fresh and make Honey and Lemon Balm Biscuits
5. Make a fresh Lemon Balm tincture - to use for medicinal purposes - (it's great for stress, anxiety, PMS, calming herb)
6. Use fresh and make Monastic Melissa Spririts.

ps: Stuff thats interesting: It's scientific name is Melissa officinalis - Melissa is the greek word for honeybee - because of it's attraction to lemon balm. (good to know if i ever start my beekeeping).

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