Did you know stress can be reduced with lemon balm? When I brought this herb home several seasons ago I had no idea the value this herb offered. I was on a journey to increase my herb garden because living a natural healthier life makes me feel alive and cleanses my brain at the same time.
I love lemon in general and growing a plant that radiates that wonderful scent sounded like an idea not to overlook. Since then this herb has grown wild which led to trimming, drying, propagating and enjoying in ways I never thought possible.
I’m basically a lemon fanatic. I love the scent, taste, color and the energy a lemon gives forth. There is always this sense of calm that filters through the air just by bringing a vase of this fresh cut goodness inside during moments when stress rules my life.
Stress is normally referred to as an action, something we over think due to lack of trust. When I look back to some of my stressful moments there was a lack of faith and trust on my part and if I was being completely honest sometimes I still fall short. Eventually I had to learn out of control situations eventually work themselves out.
So how does Lemon Balm fit into this sense of reducing stress? Let’s find out!
Lemon balm is from the mint family and with no big surprise referred to as a calming herb. It was used during the Middle Ages to reduce anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease discomfort from indigestion.
Bring Cuttings Indoors
- Add to hot or iced tea
- Beautiful in floral arrangements
- Boil in a pot of water for fresh lemon aroma
- Add to infused drinking water
- Add to a salad – this is wonderful
- wonderful in types of salad dressing
- tasty over grilled salmon
- Makes a wonderful serving garnish
- Dry and add to potpourri
- Enjoy it with floating candles
My Favorite way to enjoy
My favorite is to take small cuttings, sit down and breathe it in. I know this sounds a little crazy but this is so relaxing and I try to do it every time I go to the garden. The scent is like heaven and it’s very “in the moment” calming.
Essential oil from lemon Balm is also wonderful; the oil is extracted from the greenery of the plant. I use the oil for aroma therapy, the scent freshens and calms the air for a more direct application.
I wouldn’t say lemon balm is going to relieve all stress but it will help. Releasing stress is really a decision that happens by redirecting our thinking to positive thoughts and action. This is something I’ve learned over the years and it’s wonderful to know that lemon balm is also part of the process.
Begin with Planting
Add lemon balm to your garden or flowers beds with a new plant from the nursery or get one propagated from a friend. Make sure the soil is fertilized prior to planting and give it plenty of room to grow because it will take over a space in less than a month, especially during the spring. Lemon balm grows outward, up and will bloom a very pretty white flower during the summer.
After it blooms trim back the entire plant which is normally in the early fall here in the south. This herb will also push out new sprouts nearby and because the birds also like it many times they’ll reseed in nearby planting spaces. Here are some key tips for best planting results.
- Plant in fertilized soil with good drainage.
- Plant with room to grow.
- Plant in direct sunlight.
- Trim in the fall after it blooms.
- Propagate each season to keep from taking over a space.
- Enjoy all it has to offer.
Are you the least bit intrigued to grow this beautiful herb in your garden? Lemon balm has been a positive addition to my garden, it’s helped relieve a little stress while appreciating that lemony goodness.