Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm Flowering
 Today Rose and I are going to be making Lemon Balm Tincture. It's The fifth of September and we are going to harvest some lemon balm. It's a member of the mint family with you guessed it, a lemon taste and smell.

  Rose will cut the the plants off using a pair of scissors. Next we will fill a quart jar with the fresh herb. Next we will fill the jar with a 100 proof vodka to the bottom of the banding ring. We add a couple of vitamin c tabs to keep the color. 

   Next we will place a lid on are jar and store in the jelly cubert   for six weeks. We label with a piece of tape it's contents and date. We will take are mixture and strain through cheese cloth and place in 1 or 2 ounce amber dropper bottles for use this coming season. Really quite simple to do.

  A brief history and some uses for Lemon Balm:

History:Melissa had been used for centuries. References are found in Roman writings. The Arabs relied on it to treat depression and anxiety, while the English included it in the furniture polish.
There are references to balm as an aid to longevity. John Evelyn, the seventeenth century diarist said about the balm, "Balm is a sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy."
Remedies ForAntispasmodic, calmative, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, stomachic.
Lemon balm is used in herbal teas, both for its flavor and its mild sedative properties. The tea is recommended to induce perspiration and relieve fever due to cold and flu, and to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. The crushed leaves help heal wounds and insect bites. It is a key ingredient in certain perfumes and cosmetics.
It is antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, and stomachic. It is useful for all sorts of nervous problems. The balm also relieves cramps, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, chronic bronchial catarrh, and some forms of asthma. It had been tried for migraine and toothache, and, during pregnancy, for headaches and dizziness. An infusion of the leaves added to bath water is said to promote the onset of menstruation.

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