Lemon Balm Mosquito Repellent, Other Uses and Recipes
I planted a pot of Lemon Balm not sometime ago… and started to search for recipe to see how I should use it in my dish. I was surprised to find out that it can be used as mosquito repellent. You just need to simply crush a handful of lemon balm leaves in your hand and rub them on your exposed skin. Grow the plants near your backdoor or in your garden, where the leaves will be handy when you need them. As dengue has become so rampant nowadays, this lemon balm definitely comes in handy for my family..
Ok, back to food and home remedies… Lemom balm can be made lemon balm tea. in the 17th century, the French Carmelite nuns made their famous Carmelite Water with lemon balm and other herbs to treat nervous headaches and neuralgia. Today, lemon balm is gaining acceptance as a useful herb for modern stress-related maladies. Lemon-balm tea is useful for alleviating nervous digestive and heart disorders and promoting sleep. The herb is known to reduce menstrual cramps and calms tension headaches, migraines and gastrointestinal cramps. This medicinal tea is also beneficial for improving concentration and lifting depression. Another good news is lemon balm can be used to treat cold sore as well!
Above: Lemon balm tea – just simply soak lemon balm leaves in hot water.
Get creative and make your own lemon balm recipes! Lemon balm can be used in any recipes that would benefit from a soft lemon flavor. Just remember to chop it finely. Here’s a few ideas:
FISH – Add about 1 Tablespoon of minced leaves to about 1/2 cup of mayonaise or tarter sauce for a mild lemon zing.
FRUIT – Add about 2 teaspoons fresh, minced leaves per 1 cup of fruit. Great for any type of fruit salad!
SALSA – Add a teaspoon or 2 to your favorite salsa recipe for something a little different.
The classic herbal remedy: lemon balm tea made with mint, lemon balm, boiling water, and honey. Pour boiling water over the fresh herbs and let steep for ten minutes. Image via Consensus Life.
Have you ever used Lemon Balm before?