Prepared by Iren MacCulloch for The Herb Federation of New Zealands Herb Awareness Week 11th 18th March 2007. 3 parts lemon balm 1 part borage 1 part spearmint a stimulating tea.
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Lemon balm plant nz. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Lemon balm Melissa officinalis balm common balm or balm mint is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family and native to south-central Europe the Mediterranean Basin Iran and Central Asia but now naturalized elsewhere. Lemon balm was apparently the favourite herb of the mad genius Paracelsus who believed it would revivify a man.
Lemon balm a native to Southern Europe has a delicate citrusy scent. In New Zealand plant lemons in spring autumn and winter only where frosts arent prevalent. Lemon balm prefers a rich fertile soil.
Inquires to HFNZ PO Box 42 Katikati. These arent small plants. Today topical lemon balm is often used to prevent outbreaks of herpes due to its apparent antiviral properties.
Prepare your soil with organic matter like compost and sheep pellets. Lemon balm is powerful and gentle in small doses. Plant or sow in early spring and summer.
But gripe alert the so-called lemongrass plants that have been grown from seed and are for sale in many New Zealand nurseries these days are not. Lemon Balm is an easy to grow attractive looking herb which will attract bees to the garden. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50F and 77F.
Best months for growing Lemon Balm in New Zealand – coolmountain regions P Sow seed. It grows to a maximum height of 70150 cm 2859 in. The lemon balm plant Melissa officinalis is actually a member of the mint family and is a perennial herb.
LEMON BALM BLENDS The mild flavour of lemon balm blends exceptionally well with other herbs. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver Plant Fertiliser. Lemon balm also grows well in containers.
Lemon Balms leaves are used in a wide range of dishes from entrees to desserts. Planting Lemon Balm in the Garden Once the danger of frost is gone its time to transplant your lemon balm seedlings into the garden. If not carefully controlled lemon balm can quickly become invasive in the garden.
Pick a lemon variety based on your garden and cooking needs and choose a consistently sunny spot sheltered from cold winds. Add slow-release fertilizer to the soil. There is another way to plant a lemon balm bush at home by cutting.
Rows of lemon balm need to be 18-24 inches apart. However its still a good idea to mix in some slow-release fertilizer into the soil when you plant to ensure that the plants. Lemon Balm has traditionally been used as a mild sedative and calming agent and was a favourite ingredient in medieval elixirs of youth.
It grows to around knee height depending upon soil type and location. Its easy to divide a plant up as required for more plants. It has been found that the volatile oil acts on the limbic system the part of the brain the governs the autonomic functions.
1 part Lemon Balm 1 part Peppermint eases a nervous stomach and induces sleep. Lemon balm grows best in full sun but needs a little shade from the intensity of midday sun. How to grow lemon balm in a garden Choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun or a spot under a fruit tree.
You can also grow it. Add a layer of citrus and fruit mix to plant into. After 10 days roots will appear and shoots can be planted in a pot with ready drainage and a special substrate.
If the soil is clay based add gypsum and fork in well. You need to buy a bunch of lemon balm on the market or in the supermarket put it in water. Commonly called Melissa it has been long used for a variety of ailments including influenza and anxiety.
Space the seedlings 18 inches apart. Lemon balm plants are cheap and readily available from the herb section at garden centres. Lemon balm doesnt require a lot of fertilizer for healthy growth.
Sweet Balm Lemon Balm. It was also the subject of some extraordinary visions of Saint Hildegard who said that Lemon balm came to her in a vision and she saw that it had seven different faces or personalities with the centre of them at the heart. It grows as a bushy leafy herb with a pleasant lemon smell and small white flowers.
The leaves have a mild lemon scent similar to mintDuring summer small white flowers full of nectar.