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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

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Lemon balm is a sweet, lemony scented herb in the mint family. The bushy plant can reach three feet in height and has tiny, indistinct ivory flowers. It's native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, and has been cultivated for over 2,000 years.ย The botanical name, Melissa officinalis L., is derived from a Greek word for bees. This plant is great for attracting bees; at one time, beekeepers commonly rubbed fresh lemon balm leaves on the inside of new hives to encourage bees to stay.

Lemon balm leaf can be used in many ways. It makes a relaxing, lemon-flavored herbal tea and complements herb vinegar and spice blends. It is also used for lip balms, skin toners, and various lotions. Besides its topical advantages, it can also enrich the flavors in baked goods and salads. Our lemon balm leaf is dried quickly and at low light and temperature to preserve color and maintain the characteristic aroma and flavor.

Directions

To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1 Tbsp. of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.

Suggested Uses

Lemon balm makes a lovely, soft, lemony tea that is enjoyed just for it flavor and is excellent as a calming, before bedtime tea. It's relaxing and uplifting to the mind. Considered a remedy for the heart charka, opening one up to love and acceptance. Lemon balm is also used as a seasoning in spice mixtures and herb vinegars. In personal care products, lemon balm is used an ingredient in skin toners, lip balms and lotions.
IF PREGNANT, NURSING, SUFFERING FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, OR TAKING MEDICATION, CONSULT A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE USE. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
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