Monday, October 08, 2007

Calm Lemon Balm



Sometimes the first freeze takes me by surprise and I discover that I 'forgot' to harvest this or that --- and after the fact am quite unhappy with myself. This year I'm trying to pick things daily that I might want for use during the winter ahead. The second bloom of lavender, tiny miniature roses, fresh herbs, and things from my garden that will not be eatable after that first frost are on my list! Late last week I picked the lemon balm. Such lemony goodness! It's such a versatile herb and is most known for the delightful flavor it creates in tisanes or added to black or green teas. That's how I like it best, although some people use it to flavor other beverages or to add to baked goods, candies, or frozen desserts. As it is in the herb world, it also is said to have medicinal qualities. These qualities range from reducing blood pressure to calming nerves, aiding digestion, or relieving sinus congestion. No matter why you choose to use it, I think you'll find this a delightfully vibrant herb!

4 comments:

  1. OHHHHHhhhhhh;

    Thanks for the reminder...lots of herbs that need me to rescue them from the possibility of cold nights here in Ct.

    love your blog and your pictures...you have such a way with words and pictures!

    blessings
    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

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  2. I never heard of this one. I thought it was mint at first. Sounds delightful!

    Love,
    Julie

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  3. Oh I love lemon balm. You have remonded me I need to pick my lemon verbena. Thank you xoxoxo Clarice

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  4. I love lemon balm. It is a staple in my garden. I use it in teas sometimes but mainly just enjoy its pretty leaf and refreshing smell.

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