Growing and Using Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
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There are many things that I enjoy about gardening, from the fresh air and healthy benefits from being active outdoors, to the many ways I can use my plants for health and well-being. One plant that I regularly use is Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis
Lemon Balm grows beautifully throughout the garden as lovely ground cover and also grows very well in containers. It’s related to the Mint family, and has small mint-like green leaves.
Lemon Balm is very easy to grow from cuttings and grows well in part shade/sunny positions. Always use a good quality organic potting mix and a fine mulch around the plants.
I regularly use Lemon Balm as a relaxing tea and it makes a wonderful brew when blended with peppermint.
The leaves can also be used in many dishes, especially asian dishes such as curries, rice dishes, stir fry and also fresh salads, as the amazing lemon flavour will infuse throughout the food.
One of my beautiful friends, Annie Clark from The Art of Wellness – www.bewell.com.au has written an article on the health benefits of using Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil.
You can read her article here - http://bewell.com.au/store/melissa-essential-oil
Plants have been used for centuries as health remedies and herbalists throughout the world use plants to cure many illnesses and diseases.
Plants can be used daily as our food and also in other applications like essential oils, skincare, haircare, supplements and many others ways to receive the benefits. Many plants are also grown as companions to other plants and as support for healthy soil, so choose plants that have many uses !!
I think it’s important for us to have an understanding of how plants are grown and the many ways to use them to nurture ourselves and our families and to ensure sustainable well-being.
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Enjoy the health benefits of plants today !!
© cath manuel 2013