Hi Miss Juday! I want to steep this while I am gone for a week so I am hoping to pick up anything else at the co-op tomorrow. I really enjoyed reading it. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. Really interesting to know about the sleepy time syrup. Avoid garlic salt, as this will make the butter too salty. This soap recipe is made with lemon balm tea and naturally scented with lemongrass. Hi Irene! You can find the full recipe and how to make it at my blog post, Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup. Lemon Balm Lemon Butter can be used to cook chicken, fish or pork. Hm, that’s a great question! Shake very well to combine the leaves with the alcohol. get a better night’s sleep and it’s likely to be doctor approved. Hi Leigh – I’m glad you enjoyed reading! You’d want to give this recipe to kids over the age of one (because of the honey), but lemon balm by itself is even used for infants with colic. I sure will collect some leaves, since some family members are suffering from the mentioned conditions. (Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs.). I just bought my first lemon balm plant and will by tucking it into a nice (and large) pot I just happen to have. Actually, it’s a breath of fresh air. Likely, your naturopath has you on a balanced combination of other herbs & nutrients suited just for your situation. It was on my “To Do” list today to harvest and wilt lemon balm. I saw your helpful website and thought I’d ask. Though i am a thyroid patient (hypothyroid) on medication, i don’t think one leaf a week would have any bad effect on my problem. A pinch of Thai seasoning gives a kick to the butter. That would be up to the doctor that prescribed your medication since he/she knows the severity of your condition, the amount you take & the numbers on your blood work. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemon_meringue_ice_cream_57978 (Lemon balm responds well to heavy pruning, so you can’t really hurt it!). Any idea if they can be used in companion-planting with vegetables to discourage aphids, etc? Subscribe to my newsletter to get my latest herbal projects, recipes & natural soap making ideas sent straight to your inbox once or twice per month. All content © The Nerdy Farm Wife - All Rights Reserved. Add a lilttle hot water then mashing them all together ..Splatter on face :). I grew some and its up now (looks like a nettle, smells nice)… to get the best sleeping effects can I just eat eat the whole plant?? Dose by the spoonful at night to help calm and relax. Dry it gently, as you don’t want to soften it. I wanted to make the sleepy time salve but wasn’t sure if it was safe to use lemon balm while pregnant. I hope you’re able to find some! You can also divide your plant and put part of it in your garden. This site says: “Lemon Balm makes a suitable companion to many other vegetables, fruits and herbs. My daughter still makes a lemon balm/honey mixture occasionally (she’s a creative night owl, but sometimes needs to sleep earlier so she’s not overtired the next morning) – a spoonful seems good for her too and she’s 15 now! Again, because lemon balm is antiviral and analgesic, it is great for soothing minor cuts and scrapes. Once your oil is sizzling, … You can sprinkle the paprika on top to add a decorative touch. I hope you find one of those ideas helpful! I’m off to trim the plants! Let steep until cool enough to drink. If they don’t think it’s a good idea at all though, you could try passionflower and/or valerian root for sleeping. It is simply delicious with asparagus on toast. It’s nice to see someone dispense responsible information. When warmed, take a knife and fork and break it up into smaller pieces in the bowl. Be sure to wash the fruit before use. Wonderful! Would you know if there are any changes in dose for different ages and at what age is it safe to give. For a stronger, zestier, lip puckering refreshment, this lemonade recipe is … Lemon Balm is also a star ingredient in my trusted Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture. I have a question about the tincture. Thanks! I think you could try the syrup or tincture, but you might also consider investigating rose for PMS. I have a grandson who can’t sleep. Protein 0 g Let it sit at room temp for about an hour. Add a pinch of garlic. The website thenerdyfarmwife.com, operating under Honey Bee Hill Creatives LLC, is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Hi Chelsea, I’m glad you’re finding more uses for your herbs! If anyone is having trouble sleeping here, I usually give them lemon balm in the evening or not long before bed and it seems to be effective that way. hey ,I’m from south Africa and i need to know where i can get the plant or where i can buy the tea. A leaf can be chewed to freshen the breath or crushed and placed on a bug bite to help ease the itch. Thanks, Jan. You had me at “attracts bees to the garden” (always a good thing)! Or maybe that would be a face wash of sorts… but still – good ideas! I consider […]. :) I’m anxiously waiting for mine to start peeking out again. Did you add any water, or just straight alcohol? Glad I didn’t plant it with my basil as between the 2 of them my raised bed would be over run. I was wondering… is it better to leave in my kitchen window or plant it outside in the garden? Also, it has a faint rotting smell. This certainly does happen INDEED! Hi Julie! :). Keep up the good work. Be sure to pick out a firm lemon. How to use Lemon Balm medicinally. Hi Brody, Thanks – I’m glad you enjoyed the ideas! The herb is used whole, crushed, or chopped in beverages, fruit cups, teas, jams, salads and dressings, sauces, and soups. Add lemon balm leaves to a jar until about three-quarters filled. Available from your favorite bookstore or the following book sellers: 9+ Things to Make with Purple Dead Nettle, Ginger & Lemon Balm Honey Syrup for Colds & Flu. You can also make a tea or infusion and freeze that. See our recipe page for recipes using Lemon Balm. I’ve never collected the seeds, so I’m not sure much about them. I am growing 2 pots of lemon grass. I must say that I just love the information you provide for using various plants that can be grown at home. I was looking forward to making lemon balm tea this year after reading the article. :). I’m sorry that I didn’t see Cheryl’s comment earlier! Herbs to Avoid if You Have Autoimmune Disease. Thanks! Life on an 1800s Farm in Effingham New Hampshire. Keep whisking until the butter is as soft as a tub butter would be. If you think about it, come back and let me know how it turns out! Leave mixture to infuse for about 15 minutes. Sugar 0 g I hope you enjoy your wonderful lemon balm! You want to process the ingredients until smooth for this Lemon Balm Pesto recipe. What a wonderful thing to find in your garden! Hi Aud, I’m so happy that you’ve found the site useful! Great suggestions on how to use it. My question is I can’t find any documentation as to whether or not I can take them all at once or do I space them throughout the day? Hello, thank you for the info. ), but I let fresh herbs infuse in witch hazel for about a week. Lemon balm is definitely a persistent plant. The information on this site is for idea-sharing only. The easiest way to use lemon balm is to make a tea. Here in Georgia mosquitoes are considred a runner-up for the state bird…:D, Hi Kathy T, Yikes those sound like some mosquitoes! A couple of years ago, I bought a small pot of the herb and left it on an outside table next to the edge of our low lying deck. I usually mix with equal parts honey for better patient compliance. I hope that you find lemon balm helps you feel better! If you have hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), are on thyroid medication, or are pregnant, nursing, or have any other questions or concerns, talk with a qualified health professional before use. I’ve not tried growing it from seed, but I have ran into a few tricky ones that I just gave up and bought the plant too. Fat 12 g 18% Best wishes from the UK. I sometimes add a slice of lemon and some basil with it to give it an extra kick, or add fresh lavender. Hi, Can I put herbs in ACV for a few months and then transfer to alcohol or glycerine for long preservation? Unsaturated fat 0 g Search result for lemon balm. It’s sort of a suggested expiration date (though quite a few people – including me- keep tinctures for several years since alcohol is an excellent preservative!). Jan! These can be planted and will establish and spread quickly. If it’s a vodka tincture, then yes, you could do that. You could also use it in an oxymel remedy.