Melissa

Melissa oficianalis

The Lemon Balm is just right for picking – before it goes into flower it has the strongest flavour!

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Gathered

Floradora and Constance gathered some stems…

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Dried

and hung them up to dry indoors, away from the light.

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Bunch

The dried leaves are very lemony-scented, and very useful…

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Leaf

…a few leaves can be added to potpourri, or made into sachets.

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Potpourri

It smells so good!

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Tisane

…and it makes a refreshing tisane!

The Scientific name for Lemon Balm is Melissa (which means beloved of bees) officinalis (which means used by medical practicioners).

Now we have collected our supply of leaves, we will leave it to flower so the bees can enjoy the blossoms.

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15 thoughts on “Melissa

  1. Ahhh, what a lovely reminder. Our lemon balm is about at the same maturity so I should be taking some too for future use. Thanks for bringing it to life and surface.

    • Thank you Nia, Floradora is lucky to have those shoes, her feet are comfortable in them, and they are beautiful. They were made in a traditional way from leather and beads, by a First Nations Lady in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

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