Why You Should Grow Lemon Balm in Your Garden

Why You Should Grow Lemon Balm in Your Garden

Would you love to add another herb in your garden? Lemon balm is an ideal choice. It is easy to grow like other types of mint. However, since it spreads all over and it can take over your garden, it is best to grow it in its own raised bed or a container. It has a ton of uses that are beneficial to your health and the environment as well. It is beneficial for attracting bees, treating ailments, repelling mosquitoes, and it smells wonderful. It is an excellent herb that provides, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties that are effective in treating inflammation. As you read on, you will learn why you should grow this herb in your garden. 

It is loved by bees

Bees love lemon balm flowers as they have irresistible nectar. Many beekeepers use the lemon balm to draw worker bees into the new hives that they have built. They crush the leaves as the herb contains similar chemicals that are present in bee pheromones. This is an ancient technique, but it is still in use today by many modern bee farmers. Although there are many flowers that you can have in your garden that attract bees. Adding this herb to your garden will be as useful as any other bee attracting flowers. 

Has medicinal benefits 

Not only is this herb amazing in attracting bees, but it is of great medicinal benefits, and it is a gem to add to your herbal remedy cabinet. To relieve the symptoms of fevers today, ginger and lemon balm are used to make syrups. In olden times, the lemon balm was steeped in wine to relieve the same symptoms. If you suffer from cold sores, using a lip balm with lemon balm in it will help it clear up as it has antiviral effects. Additionally, you can also use it to speed up healing of any minor wounds by using it is an herbal salve. It helps reduce menstrual cramps when you consume it daily, and it is effective in aromatherapy procedures to improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tastes great in drinks 

When you have lemon balm growing in your garden, there are several ways you can consume it as a drink. In ancient times, they would use it to make a concoction of lemon peel, nutmeg, angelica root, that they infuse in alcohol. As a result, it was effective in reducing headaches, and others used it as a perfume. Today, you can make yourself a healing tea with lemon balm to unwind at the end of the day. Just infuse them in honey and enjoy it. If it is a warm day, enjoy lemon balm iced tea, and you can also try other cocktail recipes that have lemon balm in them.

It makes delicious foods 

If you are not a fan of tea, you can enjoy lemon balm benefits in various dishes. Add it to your smoothies, baked goods, and salads. When preparing any dish that requires a touch of lemon flavor, you can use lemon balm in place of the lemon peel. Use it in compound butter or jam for brightness. Add it to your herbal popsicles of fresh lemon balm and lavender or ice-creams that you can enjoy on a hot day. Try different recipes that you can find from friends and food sites and learn of other ways to add your lemon balm to food.  

It is a calming plant 

Since this herb contains Rosmarinic acid that helps to promote relaxation. Taking a capsule or tincture of this medicinal herb will give you sedative effects. It helps alleviate anxiety, stress, and tension headaches. Improving your mood and thus calming you down. The aromatic leaves of the lemon balm help a lot to promote relaxation and reduce agitation even by simply taking a sniff. Those suffering from insomnia, this herb will help to support a good night’s sleep and reduce restlessness. Just like the effects of chamomile tea and other calming ones, brew some lemon balm tea for a restful and relaxing sleep. 

Repels annoying bugs

In case you have bugs that annoy you by coming into your house from your garden. Planting the lemon balm will be of great benefit as it helps repel ants, flies, and mosquitoes. Many people who know of the use of this herb have tried to make their own DIY herbal bug balm, especially to keep off those pesky mosquitoes. Also, if you are out camping with friends and you forgot to carry your bug balm. Find some lemon balm in your camping area, and rub the crushed leaves directly on your skin, and it will repel the bugs. 

It is a digestive aid 

If you have an upset stomach, bloating, and even to relieve gas. Make a cup of lemon balm tea as it will help soothe all these issues as the herb is calming to the digestive system. To make this tea that acts as a digestive aid. Chop a tablespoon of dried or fresh lemon balm leaves. Infuse them in boiling water for a few minutes and enjoy a cup after a meal. This is a common and favorite way to use lemon balm, especially when you have some in your garden. 

In summary, the above reasons can motivate you to grow lemon balm. Choose one of your garden containers and plant them, and you can enjoy their many benefits and uses. Research for other lemon balm recipes and you can have many options to try. If you have a sleepless child, this herb is amazing to help calm your child to sleep through the night. You can also find lemon balm in body and bath products that help with relaxation or use some from your garden. If you love the benefits and you are yet to add your lemon balm plants, get the dried ones from herbal stores as they are still as effective to use in the home.