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In recent years, the discovery of medicinal herbs as a natural healing method of new began. Healing with herbs also in the 21st century! Treating diseases with medicinal herbs has a long tradition. Since the Middle Ages, plants have been cultivated in monastery gardens. Hildegard von Bingen, the famous abbess, was the first to write a systematic pharmacology with plants around 1150. Medicinal herbs were then fresh or dried to tea and syrup processed or hung up with diapers; it used leaves, flowers, roots, barks or the whole plant.
Nature has much to offer. Please note, however, that treatment by medicinal herbs can not replace the medical examination and treatment.
Lemon balm belongs to the family of peppermint plants. Lemon balm is easy to grow and, in addition to its wonderful citrus aroma, also offers several health benefits. Melissa has a calming effect, especially on nervous and anxious people. Melissa can help to fall asleep. Lemon balm calms nerves and muscles in a natural way. Because of its antiviral properties, lemon balm can be used on cold sores to shorten healing time.
Preparations made from lemon balm leaves can be used for insomnia or nervousness, lemon balm also relieves cramps and stomach upset. Tea from the lemon balm promotes the ability to concentrate. Use the fresh leaves to cook. With the refreshing citrus flavor of lemon balm you can spice up your salad. They match also with pasta dishes and fish.
Plant parts and ingredients
Melissa is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae) and flowers from June to August. Melissa leaves contain essential oil, which is composed inter alia of the substances citral, geranial, neral and citronellal. These substances are responsible for the lemon-like odor. In addition, beta-caryophyllene and so-called Lamiaceengerbstoffe such as rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid.
How to Grow Lemon Balm
This versatile herb is easy to grow. I've found lemon balm is adaptable and more rugged than most people give it credit for. Just give it decent soil and protect it from punishing heat with a layer of mulch and a regular watering schedule -- or at least place it in a location that receives afternoon shade.
Grow your own melissa from seeds by planting them in pots in the house and transplanting them to the garden in spring. Lemon balm is one of the few herbs that can be cut back to rejuvenate the plant. In the cold months, when the temperature drops, lemon balm must be mulched to protect its roots.
Lemon balm is often used fresh or dried as a relaxing tea, and you can add it to homemade potpourri for a clean, light scent that compliments most citrus based blends.
What do I have to look for when planting herbs?
Germination: 1 - 2 weeks
Location: full sun / morning sun, afternoon sun (warmer climate)
Soil quality: Rich, moist, well-drained soil.
Fertilizer: Planting with compost in the soil /
nitrogen fertilizer every 2 weeks.
Height: 50 - 70 cm
Distance: 6 - 10 cm
Harvest time: during the entire growing season
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