Some Essential Home Tips on Using Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is very versatile and here are some very useful tips on how to use lemon balm.Did you know that lemon-balm is edible? That means you can add the leaves to salads or mix them into sauces for chicken, fish and pork. Also for an inventive, original and healthy winter side dish, toss shreds of lemon balm with freshly steamed vegetables and a bit of black pepper.Fresh leaves can be stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator for a few days or maybe frozen.How about a tincture? Try 2 or 3 mls, three times per day.Make an Oil…Keep for emergencies, add a cup of oil to half cup of fresh lemon-balm. Let it stand for five days at room temperature, until the herbs settle to the bottom. Strain out the herbs put the oil into jars, and store in the fridge for up to six months.Skin complaints? Like cold sores or herpes, steep two or four teaspoons of crushed leaf in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 mins. Cool and then apply with cotton balls to the sores.Peppermint and balm of lemon can also help an upset stomach.Insomnia? Combine valerian root..if you can get some..with lemon-balm for a sound nights sleep! Just be aware that the balm should be used in lower doses when used with valerian or other herbs. Also don’t take it together with prescription sedatives or alcohol, as it can intensify their effects.Avoid using lem on balm if you are pregnant, however it is safe for children to take. In any instance if you are worried about any illness or making any big dietary changes always see a doctor.So go out and get yourself some lemon balm today and try some of these useful tips.