I will put them to good use. Thanks, Jan! Let it sit at room temp for about an hour. Its subtle flavor is a perfect for sauces and marinades for fish. Add a dash of onion powder, or finely chopped onion. When you say “store for up to a year at least,” does that mean it won’t be ready for over a year? You can also place a dish of herbal Lemon Balm Lemon Butter into the center of a dish, and place the cooked vegetables around it. Hi Aud, I’m so happy that you’ve found the site useful! Will plant tomorrow – dying to try recipes. ), but I let fresh herbs infuse in witch hazel for about a week. :) I had one too! Just planted lemon balm this year and wanted ideas to use the leaves as I need to trim it down. You should be able to make a lemon balm tea and use it for the liquid in any face mask recipe you find online. The easiest way to use lemon balm is to make a tea. I had graduated personal training school several years ago and we were cautioned about giving advice regarding supplements and herbs – especially when combined with certain conditions and/or medications. Hi Samantha, I don’t have a recipe – but I love the idea! I’m not familiar with things you can buy in South Africa, but this might help: :). I’m sorry that I didn’t see Cheryl’s comment earlier! Again, because lemon balm is antiviral and analgesic, it is great for soothing minor cuts and scrapes. I use it to make mosquito repellent. 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. You can use garlic powder or finely chopped garlic. To brew a hot cup, Use 2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped leaves to every 8 ounces of boiling water. However, here’s why I put that suggestion in: The first time I saw this information, was a quote by respected herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar: “Lemon balm is considered a thyroid inhibitor; those suffering from hypothyroidism or low thyroid activity should use it only under the guidance of a health-care practitioner.” That made me curious to learn more, because if anything my children & I run more to having a few symptoms on the opposite hyperthyroidism side of things & I wondered if we could benefit by taking it more. So, in theory, it should be able to be grown by seed, but if you ask around and find a friend with some, there’s also a good chance they’ll be happy to give you a section of theirs! I have a great potful that I trim back and take to work, share with neighbors, family and use myself. I don’t use the thicker ones though. In the Kitchen: Lemon Balm. I hope you get good results! Best prepared 1 hour in advance. A pinch of Thai seasoning gives a kick to the butter. Lemon balm is definitely a persistent plant. This is a favorite kid activity around here! Molding The Butter For Parties Use lemon balm in place of lemon peel in recipes and to flavor soups, sauces, vinegars and seafood. To be safe though, I have to mention those types of things so that people won’t just willy-nilly take something at home, without stopping to think that herbs can be powerful – just as powerful as a medication – and should be researched well before use, especially if there’s a medical condition or pregnancy involved. Stash it in the refrigerator for around 2 weeks and take whenever you’ve been around germy people, feel a little run down or think you might be catching something. Hi Casey! You could also use it in an oxymel remedy. Which is better? Are the flowers on the lemon balm have any medicinal properties to them or can they be used. hey ,I’m from south Africa and i need to know where i can get the plant or where i can buy the tea. The recipe provides instructions for making tea from both fresh and dried lemon balm … (Say a cup of tea during a really stressful time or something like that.) Let steep until cool enough to drink. Add one teaspoon of local raw honey for a delicious butter that can be used on pancakes and waffles. http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/08/wildcrafting-wednesday-8-28-13/, Hi Kristin! Pour in cold water until it reaches the top. Hang from the spigot and let the water run through as the tub fills. Needless to say, I follow this, and I applaud your responses to those asking about their Hypothyroidism. The conversion isn’t exact – you’ll need more lemon balm but the idea is similar. Thanks to the Nerdy Farm Wife for my favorite post on Lemon Balm, 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm–go for it! Frozen items are good for making teas, lotions, soaps and other water based things, since they’ll get a little soggy (the leaves) anyway, when thawed. I have a question about the tincture. The herb is used whole, crushed, or chopped in beverages, fruit cups, teas, jams, salads and dressings, sauces, and soups. Hi Olivia, I’m glad you like the recipes and I hope they help your grandson and daughter! See great recipes for Lemon Balm, Sweet Basil, and Cinnamon Tea too! http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/lemongrass-tea-zmaz78sozraw.aspx#axzz3A8WaP7h8. This Ginger & Lemon Balm Syrup is a ramped up version of a basic ginger syrup, with lemon balm added for its extra antiviral properties. Followed you from the Homestead Barn Hop. Hi Tammy! I purchased a small lemon balm plant from a nursery. Is this normal? Get the seedlings out while you can. http://www.herbgarden.co.za/mountainherb/herbinfo.php?id=27 Would you know if there are any changes in dose for different ages and at what age is it safe to give. Awesome info here. 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. I am so happy to find out how to use it. Hi Barbara, You could certainly ask your doctor, they may think it’s okay for your situation. Add the honey as you are whisking the butter to the cream stage. If they don’t think it’s a good idea at all though, you could try passionflower and/or valerian root for sleeping. I steep lemon balm and peppermint in witch hazel and a splash of ACV, then strain and add a splash of aloe juice and put it in a spray bottle. Dry it gently, as you don’t want to soften it. Lemon Balm Lemon Butter can be used to cook chicken, fish or pork. Try a thin white sock with a knot tied at the top.). I am not understanding the negative link of lemon balm and thyroid meds for hypothyroidism. Life on an 1800s Farm in Effingham New Hampshire. Just brush onto the top of the meat using a pastry brush, and cook as you normally would following the recipe. I hope you’re able to find some! Thanks so much for these great ideas! :) I’m not sure of the strength or how you’d dose your particular lemon balm pills, so that’s probably a good question for your doctor, but my thought is that you’d want to keep it in your system – so spread out throughout the day. This can be done with fresh or dried leaves. Hello, thank you for the info. Add honey (about 1/4 cup) and stir until dissolved. Prep and cook vegetables: Prep onion. What a wonderful thing to find in your garden! This recipe takes very little time to make, yet the results are purely delicious. Mow them down! The butter flavor mixed with the lemon will make your vegetables pop in your mouth with pure deliciousness. I would go ahead and strain it and then let it sit tightly closed (out of direct sunlight) for several days, then uncap and see what it smells like then. Thanks for the information it helped a lot. get a better night’s sleep and it’s likely to be doctor approved. I’m a firm believer in waste not want not with regard to plants!! Leave mixture to infuse for about 15 minutes. When warmed, take a knife and fork and break it up into smaller pieces in the bowl. Yield a little over 1 cup. I started with one tiny plant, and now it has spread to cover about 1/3 of one side of my house. Kentucky Forager is making Lemon Balm Syrup with theirs. Once the tincture is strained it is completely finished and ready to use. Hi Amy! It’s nice to see someone dispense responsible information. Unlike basil, lemon balm has a thick, toothy leaf which can be a bit unpleasant. Keep them in a jar, out of direct sunlight and don’t crumble until you’re going to use them (to retain the aromatic oils as much as possible. So far I have basil and lemon balm. 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. Add chopped fresh leaves to fish, chicken, or mushroom dishes or mix into soft cheese, as well as vinegars, wines, and liqueurs. I hope you find one of those ideas helpful! Thanks Angee! I grew my lemon balm from seed and it is huge and wonderful. That’s great! It could be just the stages of the leaves breaking down that you smell. It’s a perfect way to use up some extra lemon balm from your garden! • Fish Garnish – As a garnish for fish. Love for you to come by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share. Placed in a container of water on a windowsill, roots will quickly grow on harvested stems. Thanks in advance for your kind assistance. Also, my daughter has excellent results with taking magnesium before bed to help her sleep better. I have a plant and I’ve added the leaves to hot tea, chilled water and in a recipe. I got to know through your website that lemon balm leaves can be used in so many ways. Should I term all stems off for most of theses recipes? Let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until you have reduced the liquid by about half. The butter acts as a sort of center piece for the vegetables. Be sure to wash the fruit before use. Adding a dash of sweet marjoram gives a slight Mediterranean taste. You can find the full recipe in my blog post, Lemon Balm Soap. A caution is that lemongrass needs to be avoided by pregnant women, since it can start menstrual flow/cause miscarriage. […] 12 Uses For Lemon Balm | Sore Muscles Soak  | Herbal Soap (Without Handling Lye) […], […] For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm. Have fun! (But still double check with them, to be on the safe side.) I do how ever wonder if you have any wonderful ideas for fresh spearmint. Butter molds come in all shapes and sizes. Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that not only attracts bees to the garden, but is also a great anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyper children. Once your oil is sizzling, … I use the leaves to flavour my tea every sunday. Yes, you can use the flowers as well. :), […] just found that The Nerdy Farm Wife has a great post on 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm–I’m excited to try the Lemon Balm and Honey Butter idea! The lemon balm has taken over about 6 feet around the corner of the deck and I was wondering what to do with all that Herb. Fortunately, lemon balm has many uses and today, I’m sharing over a dozen things to do with this prolific little gem. Let cool and strain. Continue turning the lemon. It won’t cause your final product to turn out any differently and the addition will help boost the healing power of the ointment. Fill a bath bag with lemon balm leaves and rose petals. There are so many directions you could take a lemon balm ice cream, and many recipes combine the fresh herbs with summer fruits. Once it is at this stage, you can continue with the recipe. Hi Julie! Thanks so much, I’m glad you corrected that, I was worried for a second! Thanks again! Be blessed. Actually, it’s a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the lemony taste mixed with the asparagus. The best way to use it is to and add a few drops of lemon balm to the original recipe. (They make a really great combination.) Or are the teas the best bet for that? Related: Fresh leaves can also be frozen in ice cubes to dress up a summer beverage. Or add it to your favorite sugar cookie dough for a delicious lemony tea cookie. Hi Jana, My once tiny lemon balm plant constantly threatens to take over one portion of my garden. I started with one plant purchased from my local garden center and not only did it spread to form mounds across about 1/3 of the side of my house, but I find little seedlings everywhere when I weed my garden (Including in places wayyyyyy far from it.) Check out my Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home! And there are more you can search for, but the main thing to keep in mind is that the tests were done in an isolated lab setting. Fill a jar about 3/4 full with fresh leaves. The second option that shows for me is Mountain Herb Estate and it looks like you can contact them to order lemon balm: Thanks Mx, You’re welcome Madeleine – I’m glad you found the post useful! Or will it be ready after the six week period and lasts for a year? If you want the best effects from Lemon Balm (to help sleep), can you just eat the whole plant?. while Thinking About Food made Lemon […], my doctor recently prescribed me 223 lemon balm pills a day for severe anxiety and trouble sleeping. Hi Michelle! Your website was on the top of the list, and I am very happy that I clicked on it. Hi Suzie! It is simply delicious with asparagus on toast. :) I’m anxiously waiting for mine to start peeking out again. I was told by my naturopath that lemon balm is GOOD for hypothyroidism…? I sure will collect some leaves, since some family members are suffering from the mentioned conditions. Place the baking sheet in a 200 degree F oven until the leaves look dry, but not browned. How long do you let it steep for? I haven’t tried lemon balm in juice myself, but it seems like a little bit in moderation might be a good addition! :), Wonderful! Sleepovers with Nan sound so much fun – I bet they have a great time! I love lemon balm tea and appreciate all of its other uses! Place the lemon rind, lemon balm leaves, and the sugar into a small heat-proof pitcher. Hi Angela, Congratulations! (Honey should not be used with children under 1 year old.). I would like to reinfuse it with fresh lemon balm instead of just throwing it out, is that something that can be done? Hi Jan, Your lemon balm glycerite should smell lemon-y for a while. Why do you suggest against it? I recently started juicing…I have lemon balm all around my yard …what benefits do you think I`ll have. Adult dose is 1/4 teaspoon (about 1 dropperful or 1 ml) at a time, as needed. Love the bug spray too. Strain before drinking. We left the roots on this one so you can plant it if you like; keep it in a pot or […]. I’m 34 weeks pregnant. To zest a lemon, you will either need a fruit zester, or a fine cheese grater. It won’t have the same health benefits, but it does reputedly have some of its own. The inner white is very bitter, and it could spoil your recipe. David S. Hi David S, I’m happy you found some useful ideas for your lemon balm bounty! What uses do you have for lemon […], […] Here is a link to a really great post talking about lemon balm and what you can do with it: 12 things to Do With Lemon Balm […]. I must say that I just love the information you provide for using various plants that can be grown at home. Hi Lynne! Just wanted to say I love your post here – and your responses. You can find the full recipe and how to make it in my blog post, Lemon Balm Bug Spray. I hope it does well for you! Thank you for all the tips!! However, I’m not exactly sure how it grows in other climates, outside of my own. how to preserve lemon balm for uses later? Add a pinch of garlic. Lay the coated leaves on a parchment lined baking sheet. This is a delicious way to calm and relax everyone from children to adults! This subtly flavored water is so refreshing on a hot summer day! It is very delicious for meat or veggie dishes. Cap and let this sit in a dark place for 3 to 4 weeks. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you. You can find the full recipe and how to make it at my blog post, Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup. Take the stick of butter and put it in a bowl. Should this have happened? If you think about it, come back and let me know how it turns out! These can be planted and will establish and spread quickly. Thanks Brenda! Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel, and then sprinkle one side with lemon balm, green onion, salt and pepper. […], […] « Uses for Corn Silk 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm » […]. Dash salt In a saucepan, boil sugar and water several minutes until syrupy. Add a dash of sugar and cinnamon for delicious morning toast. Store in the refrigerator for about 3 days. While still quite warm, measure out about 1/2 cup of the concentrated tea and stir 1/4 cup raw honey into it. It's easy to make at home, using either store bought or home grown lemon balm leaves. Lemon Balm makes a great addition for stuffing for poultry, lamb or pork. Thanks! I usually mix with equal parts honey for better patient compliance. :), […] with honey and/or lemon. Is there any type of face mask I could make with lemon balm leaves ? Usually, part of it stays green all winter here, but this year has been extra cold and I lost it all. To make: Beat an egg white with a tiny bit of water. :), […] The Nerdy Farm Wife for 12 Things To Do With Lemon Balm. The best part is that it’s yet another way to help use up some of my abundance of lemon balm and other herbs! Meanwhile, in a large, shallow bowl, stir together the lemon juice and zest, and ½ teaspoon cumin; season to taste with salt and black pepper, then add the cod fillets and turn several times to coat. Shelf life should be at least 9 months to 1 year+. Add a little at a time. Melt and Pour Onto Your Favorite Veggies! I’m looking forward to my lemon balm returning too. Natural antibacterial–With its ability to fight a spectrum of bacteria inside the body, lemon balm has … 13 easy and delicious homemade recipes. I saw your helpful website and thought I’d ask. Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over the herb and steep in hot water for about 15 minutes. 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. In a large, heavy pan over medium high heat, heat up the olive oil until hot. This is a great stomach soothing, anti-viral concoction, perfect to take when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or bug. I have never used witch Hazel before but looking forward to trying a plant-based repellent. If you can’t find them in your home town, check on the internet. I hope you enjoy your wonderful lemon balm! Sweeten to taste & enjoy! Hi, I love all your recipes, Thanks! Lemon Balm Lemonade. Glycerites might have a shorter shelf life, but alcohol and vinegar tinctures will both last a long time. I especially like to toss a few fresh leaves into a salad or a bowl of mixed fresh fruit or use it in a vinaigrette for marinades and salads. A pinch of basil adds just a hint of savory taste to the butter. Thank you for the recipes. Lemon balm vinegar can be used as a hair rinse, added to your bath water, or used to add extra flavor to salad dressings. For those of you who are daring chefs in the kitchen, here are some other herbs and spices that would compliment the flavor of Lemon Balm Lemon Butter: You can also come up with your own combination of spices and herbs. If so, how much? Great suggestions on how to use it. Lemon balm tea is always delicious. :). :). It’s better just to make what you want from the start, instead of mixing two processes. Here are two sites I found with some info to help you decide: I was looking forward to making lemon balm tea this year after reading the article. Lemon balm tea is an excellent refreshing summer tea that is easily made from fresh lemon balm growing in the garden. I’m off to trim the plants! Once it’s strained, that smell should go away. Jan: I learn something new from you every time I read your blog. Hi Isabel, That’s great – I think you’ll enjoy your lemon balm plants! I found several medical sites cautioning against its use with hypothyroidism & thyroid medications, then started looking at the medical studies they cited in their sources. Now I have a focus for the harvested lemon balm. * The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. Search result for lemon balm. With slight pressure start grading the lemon. Keep whisking until the butter is as soft as a tub butter would be. Pour simmering hot water into the jar then cover the top with a saucer so that none of the vapors escape. Refrigerate for several hours. Some links on this site are affiliate links; I only recommend products I personally use and enjoy. I just started an herb garden this year so I have lots to learn. You can melt a little, and drizzle onto your favorite vegetables. Hi Juanita, Thank you for the kind words & encouragement! I’ll have to try some of the other recipes out. So, high on my list for this year is coming up with more mint recipes and project ideas. I was thinking of using it as part of my bedtime regime when I have 2 or 3 over excited grandchildren on a sleepover at ‘nans’. Dose by the spoonful at night to help calm and relax. If you’re taking any medication though, it’s good to check with whoever prescribed it before using an herb in a greater amount than seasoning. You can tie little bunches up to air dry or you can place individual leaves on paper towels or clean dish towels and let them air dry, in a single layer, for several days. Spring isn’t *too* far away though! Still, though I’d double check with your doctor since they know your full health history and such. I just went through and sniffed my collection of tinctures and they have varying smells – some of the oldest ones just smell like strong alcohol, while some of my newer ones have varying degrees of earthy, plant smells. It will turn brown, but that’s not a problem! Thanks for these great ideas!! Can that be used in the same way as lemon balm? I consider […]. I found several interesting ways to use lemon balm that I’m excited to try. I have a grandson who can’t sleep. Simply add 1 tablespoon dried and crushed lemon balm or 1/4 cup whole fresh leaves. Now, cut the lemons in half and squeeze out the juice. I love your site! Dab on blemishes and bug bites as needed. Fiber 0 g That’s a wonderful idea Laura; thanks for sharing with us! Lemon Balm is also a star ingredient in my trusted Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture. I hope it helps your family members feel better! You can use regular honey if no raw honey is available. I have been trying to grow lemon balm from seed with not much luck. Be sure to pick out a firm lemon. • Extract Flavoring – The extract and oil of lemon balm are used for flavor in recipes. I think the small amount in lip balm should be fine. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. When extracting through boiling water, best to steep leaves and not be tempted to simmer for more than 1 – 2 minutes, as it can turn bitter. https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/jam/lemon-balm-jelly.html You can then store it for up to a year, like you store home canned goods for up to a year. (No bath bags handy? The candied lemon balm leaves look good too. Thank you, my first herbs and garden in years, I’m learning, next year will be much better. If you bought it from a local nursery though, there’s a good chance that it is suitable for your area, but you can double check with them and see what they recommend. Please log in again. I was so happy to see how easily the stems could be re-harvested to grow into nice large plants! Likely, your naturopath has you on a balanced combination of other herbs & nutrients suited just for your situation. I will try my best to link up next Wednesday! How to use Lemon Balm medicinally. So really pulse that sauce until it looks creamy. I would give your doctor/nurse/midwife a call and see what they say. Oh dear…. :), Wonderful thank you so much. Hi Danny! https://www.google.com/search?q=south+african+plant+nursery+lemon+balm It is especially beneficial to tomatoes, squashes, melons, broccoli, cauliflower, and other cabbage family plants.” http://www.seedaholic.com/lemon-balm-melissa-officinalis-organic.html I think the only thing to remember though, is that lemon balm will grow and grow and grow and take over an area, so if you have vegetables nearby, keep it trimmed back to control it. Great fun though . It gives the meat a subtle, yet delicious lemon taste. Using a small whisk, start to whisk the butter in circular motion. Enjoyed reading . I want to thank you for the warning about not consuming large amounts of this plant if one has a thyriod condition…I take meds for low thyriod everyday,thank you so much for providing this important information along with the rest of the helpful tips on how to use the plants . I find seedlings half way across my yard! I’m happy you found the post useful & hope you have lots of fun making lemon-balmy things! Season with salt … What a wonderful idea – thanks for sharing Amber! A friend just shared her plant with me. Thanks so much :), Hi Dana, Thanks for the kind words! I’ve never collected the seeds, so I’m not sure much about them. Add lemon balm leaves to a jar until about three-quarters filled.

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