Lemon Balm - An Antiviral that Relieves Anxiety and Improves Sleep
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Did you know that the medieval, Frankish king, Charlemagne was so certain of the health benefits of Lemon Balm that he decreed it be planted in every apothecary and monastery gardens within his realm?
Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and like mint it spreads itself quite well. I have grown it for many years and find myself ripping clumps of it out by the roots every Spring and Fall. But I never made use of it until recently when I made my Mom and I a pot of lemon balm tea. I simply stripped off a handful of leaves, crushed them and submerged them in boiling hot water. Ten minutes later we were sipping cups of lovely, lemony tea! I might add a few peppermint leaves to the next pot and maybe a little raw honey from my beehives.
You should try it!
I have grown many of the more common herbs for years. In fact, that is one of the reasons I began our family business, Whidbey Island Natural. I am now constructing larger culinary and medicinal herb gardens at WIN Mini Farm and discovering more about their histories and uses. I will share some of my more interesting discoveries in future blog posts.
And while it may not be a cure for COVID-19, a tea of lemon balm will help to relieve anxiety and help you to fall asleep.
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