The International Herb Association named lemon balm “Herb of Year” in 2007. It shouldn’t surprise that this amazing plant can do almost everything. Lemon balm can be used in many ways, from the outdoors to the kitchen. It’s also easy to grow in your garden. We’ll be discussing the top 9 reasons to grow lemon balm inside your garden in this article.
1. Calms the Mind
Lemon balm is well-known for its psychologically soothing properties. This powerful remedy has been used by indigenous tribes for centuries to enhance spiritual experiences and reduce stress. You can reap the wonders of this plant by finely chopping its leaves and boiling them in water. After boiling the leaves for a few minutes, strain the liquid and then slowly consume it. You can also extract the oil from the leaves and rub it onto your skin. This is believed to have a relaxing effect. Pre-made lemon balm pills can be bought at your local pharmacy.
2. Improved Sleep
A German study found that lemon balm products may help you sleep better. Participants who used lemon balm daily reported a peaceful, deep sleep. Similar research also showed that women who suffer from sleep disturbances such as menopause, had better sleep if they took lemon balm extract than those who took other supplements. To allow the properties of the lemon balm extract to work, it is recommended that you consume it 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed.
3. Alertness Boosts
Lemon balm is a natural herb that can calm your mind and increase alertness. The natural compounds found in the leaves can increase energy levels, which could be useful in situations when concentration is required. An Australian study showed that patients who took the herb experienced significant improvement. It also found that it could improve mood and happiness. Lemon balm products should be consumed in moderation as excessive consumption can cause side effects such as insomnia or headaches.
4. Mosquito Repellant
The chemical composition of lemon balm is a problem for mosquitos, particularly a compound called citronellal. This gives the plant its lemony, sweet scent. It is versatile in its ability to repel insects. The plant can be applied directly to skin or combined with oil (olive), and then rubbed on the affected areas. The lotion can also be used to make a cream and apply to the skin. For long-lasting, convenient use, the plant can be boiled and put into a spray bottle. Children and animals can also use the substance provided they are not allergic to any of its ingredients. Lemon balm candles can be made to repel mosquitos.
5. Boosts Immune System
The antioxidants in lemon balm are known to prevent cell damage from free radicals. Quercetin, a chemical that protects weak cells and boosts the immune system’s defense levels, is known to be beneficial. Other benefits for your health include a healthier liver, a lower blood sugar level, better skin quality, and younger, brighter skin. A balanced lifestyle can be achieved by consuming lemon balm daily or products that contain it. You can eat this miracle plant in many different ways.
6. Homemade tea
Tea is one of the most popular uses for lemon balm. You can make a variety of teas, including a refreshing and homemade one. This is great for hot summer nights (if you serve it with ice) or for warm winter afternoons (if you prefer it hot). You can use fresh or dried leaves to make one cup of lemon balm. For dried leaves, add one tablespoon of dried leaves to each cup of boiling water. Let it sit for a while before draining it. Two tablespoons of fresh leaves should be used. To achieve a particular flavor balance, you can experiment with different herbs like mint or anise.
7. Cleaning aid
It is surprising how effective lemon balm can be as a cleaner for many surfaces, including marble countertops and wood. You can also use it on stained windows and walls, provided that the paint is not allergic to the herb. Make a cleaning herb vinegar by shaking the dried plants to get rid of any insects. Mix equal parts of rosemary, thyme and mint with equal amounts of lemon balm, mint, pine, and thyme. Add the herbs to a jar and mix in equal parts of vinegar and water. Then seal the jar. You can use the substance for up to two weeks.
8. Culinary Uses
Lemon balm can be used in a wide variety of culinary applications, as well as being used for tea. Lemon balm’s beautiful, lush leaves and fragrant aroma make a wonderful addition to any dish or dessert. You can add dried lemon balm leaves to salads for a sweet flavor. Toss the leaves in a salad, or mix it with salt and pepper, oregano, oregano, and mint for an explosive combination of flavors. You can also add the dried leaves to butter to make a delicious herb butter that can be used on fish and other seafood. Lemon balm can also be used to make desserts. You can use it to add a zesty, but gentle flavor to cakes, batters, and other recipes.
9. Bags with sconces
Lemon balm is known for its inviting and light scent. It can be used to make your own air freshener. Make your own homemade air fresheners by cutting up some lemon balm leaves. Mix the leaves with other scents like rosemary or mint and place in a bag. This will create a tranquil and inviting aroma that can be used indoors and outdoors.