Lemon balm

Melissa officinalis
LAMIACEAE, The Mint family

A good plant to use for grey water filter planters, along with daylilies and sedges: according to Tom Ward.

Also purportedly a refrigerant – a sun tea made from the fresh leaves can cool the body temperature on a warm day and a hot tea made during flu season can reduce fever. It is an anti-oxidant that is said to have anti-viral and mild antibacterial properties. Topically it is used as an insect repellant.

Lemon balm is a pretty, perennial herb that blooms white flowers in late summer and is a favorite of bees, for which the genus is named.

Quando abitato in Italia, tutti hanno detto, “Ah, il fiore!” quando loro hanno mi incontriamo. Il mio nome non e molto comune ci. Hanno pronunciato “meh-LEEE-suh.” La mia familia dire “mull-IHs-uh”, “mull-lyss”, “miss-uh” o “Liz” (oppure qualchevolta “Lizard”.)

The species name just means “the medicinal one.”

Lemon balm can be a bit weedy in the garden and has widely naturalized in woodlands and roadsides. I noticed it recently throughout forest park.

It is a delicious addition to raspberry lemonade. Alas, next summer.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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