Episode 21: Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, is an easy to grow herb with many uses. To learn about Lemon Balm, I spoke with Kami McBride. Kami is an herbalist, herbal medicine instructor, and creator of the Living Awareness Institute. Kami has 27 years of experience in inspiring people to use herbs in their daily lives and in this episode, she shares her knowledge about this wonderful plant.
Lemon balm makes a pleasant tasting tea, lemonade, and infusion. Palatable to children, Lemon Balm fights colds and flus, is antispasmodic, and carminative. Kami talks about how and when to harvest and use lemon balm and why she calls it a “confetti herb.” Kami describes Lemon Balm as the “crowd-pleasing herb” because it elevates mood and is soothing and calming.
A favorite of bees, Lemon Balm is a great addition to your garden.
Kami advises people to “let yourself fall in love” with a plant and Lemon Balm is an easy herb to fall for.
To hear a 2009 interview with Kami McBride on Sustainable World Radio, click here.