> Balm (Lemon) Herb
Information on, uses of and how to grow balm (lemon):
Lemon Balm comes from the Middle East where it was used as a tea. In this country it was used as a fragrant strewing herb for floors.
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How to grow
The seeds of the Lemon Balm take a very long time to germinate
but the plant can be grown from stem cuttings in the spring and autumn. Set the
cuttings 30 centimetres apart.
Plant in a sunny border. Any type of soil is suitable but
the best fragrance will come from plants grown in a rich, moist soil. Lemon Balm
spreads rapidly so it needs to be cut back to keep it under control. It can be
grown in a container.
Lemon Balm grows to a height of 75 centimetres and has very small
white flowers. the leaves carry the scent and bees love the plant.
The leaves can be added to cooked dishes and dried they make balm tea
which is good for headaches (Melissa is very popular in France). A chicken
covered in balm leaves and roasted will be moist and fragrant. It makes a good
stuffing for lamb and pork. Lemon Balm can also be added to fruit drinks, ice
cream fruit and vegetable salads. The dried leaves are used for tea and pot
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