Buzzy Lemon balm
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is native to southern Europe. In Sardinia and Corsica grows in the wild. The Greeks know cintroenmelisse since 2000 years. They used it not only as a culinary herb, but also as a medicinal plant. The Romans and the Arabs this plant came to our region. Made around 1611 Parisian Carmelite sisters in the famous "Eau de Melisse des Carmes' -where lemon balm is one of the ingredients was - and in previous centuries in any house pharmacy lacked because of its medicinal properties. Lemon balm is a perennial herbaceous plant that winter underground lives on via rhizomes. The white flowers in whorls reveal that the plant belongs to the Lamiaceae. The herb is 50 to 80 cm tall and is a lemon smell, less than lemon verbena, which sometimes is sometimes confused.
Lemon balm is an excellent tool for all sorts of nasty ailments. A few drops of Eau de Carmes on a lump of sugar can relieve headaches, stomach cramps or difficult digestion. In aromatherapy, the herb is used as a tool for depression, insomnia and palpitations. Add fresh leaves to your bath water is relaxing and soothing. A cup of fresh tea before bedtime works relax & sleep better. Insect bites and sores may help fresh leaves. At high concentrations, one must welopletten for allergic reactions. The extracts are also used in anti-mugmiddelen and they dissipate moths.
Lemon balm is easy to grow and undemanding some soil and location are concerned. Lemon balm feel most at home on voedzame- and moist soil. A sunny place (not too bright, preferably from the early afternoon with a bit of shadow) suit your taste. Plants in the sun to give more aroma, older plants lose the latter and give less flavor to our dishes. Also in pots on the patio growing culinary herb excellent. The plant is very easy to propagate by seed in spring. It germinates it slow. It sows itself and is therefore regularly be found. At another place in our garden