Lemon Balm

 

GROW IT: Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family, so naturally it will try and overtake your garden! Control it by planting in pots. Here in Zone 7, it winters over.

USE IT:

MEDICINAL:

  • Heals and prevents cold sores
  • Rub crushed leaves on your skin as an insect repellent
  • Mild sedative, good for relaxation and as a sleep aid
  • Helps break a fever and calms stomach pain
  • Anti-viral; good for colds, flu, cold sores

Here are a few Lemon Balm Recipes:

Lemon Balm Insect Repellent Recipe

Ingredients

• Quart of Vodka
• 2-3 cups Fresh Lemon Balm Leaf

Directions

• Add the lemon balm leaf to the quart of vodka.
• Allow to steep for one month.
• Strain herb from liquid, and pour into spray bottle.
• Add essential oils citronella, peppermint and basil.

Keeps away biting flies, and mosquitoes.
Do not use on small children.

 

Lemon Balm Tea

Ingredients

• One Lemon Balm Sprig
• Several Mint Leaves

Directions

• Bruise the leaves with a spoon.
• Add hot water to fill the cup, allow to sit for a few minutes.
• Add honey to taste.

 

Lemon Balm Salad Dressing

Ingredients

• 1/4 cup Oil
• 1 clove Garlic, crushed
• 1 TBSP White Wine Vinegar
• 1 TBSP Lemon Balm Leaf, chopped

Directions

• Combine all ingredients in a blender until liquefied.
• Keep Refrigerated

 

Honey and Lemon Balm Biscuits

Ingredients

• 1 cup Butter
• 1 cup Honey
• 3 Eggs
• 3 cups Self-raising Flour
• 1 TBSP Milk
• 2 tsp Lemon Juice
• 4 Lemon Balm Sprigs, chopped

Directions

• In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream the butter with honey.
• Add eggs, beat well.
• Add remaining ingredients.
• Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 375°

Recipes courtesty of Ann's Entitled Life