Lemon balm is one of the most popular herbs used in herbal medicine. It is known for its soothing properties and it helps relieve stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other mental disorders. It has been used since ancient times to treat various ailments including headaches, sore throats, coughs and colds.
The leaves are eaten fresh or dried and they have been used as a tea to treat fever, diarrhea and stomach aches. They are also used to make a paste for wounds and burns.
Lemon balm is also used as a substitute for milk in making cheese, yogurt, ice cream and many other dairy products. It is especially useful when there is no access to cow’s milk due to religious reasons or because of allergies. The leaves can be chewed directly or added into soups and stews where they add flavor without adding fat. They can even be mixed with honey to sweeten them.
In addition to being used medicinally, lemon balm is often used in cooking. It adds a pleasant citrus aroma and taste to dishes such as salad dressings, fruit salads, chicken soup and other savory foods. Lemon balm makes a good garnish on desserts like cookies or cakes.
Lemon balm grows wild in most parts of the world, but it is easy to grow from seeds. It is a perennial plant that self-seeds and spreads so when you plant it, you might want to keep that in mind. If you don’t want it to take over your garden or spread into nearby fields and forests, you should keep it contained in a pot or in a special corner of your garden that can be fenced off.
Lemon balm tea is a tasty beverage that can be enjoyed on a regular basis. It has a calming effect on the stomach and can help you relax after a hectic day. Many people like to add a little honey to sweeten it or some lemon juice for flavor.
If you’re interested in herbal remedies, then you will be happy to learn that there are many uses for lemon balm that go beyond simple culinary uses and tea. The leaves, stems, flowers and roots are all useful for various reasons.
Here are some of the many ways that you can put lemon balm to practical use around the home.
Insomnia: 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh leaves steeped in a cup of hot water and drunk right before bed will help you get a restful night’s sleep.
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