There for awhile I was dealing with insomnia and after one particularly bad night I pulled out my “Green Pharmacy” book by James A. Duke and one of the recommended helpful herbs was… Lemon Balm. It’s right outside in our back yard! I got my lemon balm from my Mom’s garden and she got it from her Mother and I’d guess it goes on back in our family hand-me-downs.
Now, at night I’ll have a cup of chamomile tea and add in a sprig or two of Lemon Balm to enhance the soothing effect. You could even add a little lavender to make a real sleepy-time tea.
Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, sometimes just called Melissa, is a mint so it grows like a mint! It’ll grow happily everywhere you don’t want it to. I pull it like weeds and mow it in the yard but when I do it smells so good! The smell reminds me of Lemon Pledge more so than actual lemons. Just go out and pick a bunch, wash it up, put it in a cup of water and keep in your refrigerator. It’s easy to reach in, grab some and go.