Melissa officinalis, lemon balm: uses.
Subject: Re: Uses for Lemon Balm/Verbena
Date: Sun, 04 Dec 94 07:35:19 EST
> I ended up with a beautiful bush of lemon balm this year. I have lots of dried lemon balm and lemon verbena. Any suggestions for uses?
Lemon balm is WONDERFUL in tea, especially for iced tea. I like unsweetened ice tea all year, and try to watch the caffeine -- so
1 qt water, 1 decaf teabag (Lipton's tastes best), and a couple of sprigs of dried or fresh lemon balm. Tastes great. Could also make a lemony herb vinegar for salads and cooking (a dash while cooking vegetables).
Lemon balm airdries very well for winter use, just tie bunches and hang to dry.
From: tdoran.sciborg.uwaterloo.ca (Tim Doran)
>I have lots of dried lemon balm and lemon verbena. Any suggestions for uses?
Dry the lemon balm and use it in teas - it is really a wonderful feel happy herb that can be used in times of mild depression and even insomnia. Lemon verbena I am not so familiar with. Try combining the lemon balm with mint, nettles, red clover and red raspberry for a particularly nutritive tea.