Joys of Lemon Balm

Lubbock, Texas
May 13, 2008 10:48am CST
I was out cleaning weeds and grass from my herb bed this morning and noticed the lemon balm was getting leggy. I knew it wouldn't be long before it bloomed. The blooms aren't really very pretty and the leaves get very small and the plant is just not pretty when it's blooming. I decided lemon balm would make a good facial toner and got a jar to pack some of the leaves in. I trimmed the bush up good and only had the jar about half full, so I thought roses would be a good addition. The wild roses are beautiful and blooming profusely this year. The wind will just beat them to death anyway, so I went and got rose petals to put with the lemon balm. Then I noticed the rosemary was blooming also, and decided a toner could use a circulation stimulant also, so I put enough rosemary in the jar to fill it up. I brought it back in the house and poured apple cider vinegar over the plant material to cover. It's sitting in a sunny place right now infusing away, ready to give me a fabulous toner in a few weeks. I'm feeling accomplished ;) even though I said when I got up this morning I was going to make soap this morning and work outside this afternoon. Soap's still not made. I guess I'd better get off here and go do that.
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@draconess (651)
• Canada
13 May 08
Wow, sounds like a lovely facial toner! Rosemary is great for the skin, and rose petals will be so lovely too. I also like to add some orange peel for a nice citrus zesty scent.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
14 May 08
Sometimes it works out that way. You did something productive. Not only that, you will get to enjoy it at a later date. Lemon balm is great. I have one. It is big and full. A beautiful plant. The thought crossed my mind to use it in a flower bed design. The only way I would do that is if I were doing maintenance on it. Otherwise they would probably let it go to seed and it would be everywhere. There will be more days for making soap. Especially if are in the rainy eastern US.
• Lubbock, Texas
14 May 08
Don't you just love the scent of it? MMMM It is so uplifting. I don't live in the eastern US, but it is cold and rainy here today after a few hot windy dusty days.
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
14 May 08
It sounds like you still had a productive morning even if it wasn't making soap. How did you learn to do this kind of thing? It sounds so fun and intresting.
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• Lubbock, Texas
14 May 08
I got tired of Doctors implying I was a hypochondriac and that there was nothing wrong with me, so I took a correspondence course in herbology. That opened up a lot of doors, and sparked even more curiosity, and the internet is a wonderful place to learn. ;)! It seems just when I'm about to give up on something, an accident leads me to just the right place to learn what I want to know. Of course, you and I both know those aren't accidents, they're guidance. The more I learn, the more I want to know. It's a never ending cycle.
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@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
14 May 08
I am going to look this up online . I am very intrested in this kind of stuff. And although i can't grow plants i did pretty good with my herb garden this year.Is there any one book that you can recommend for me to read about this.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
14 May 08
I am like that with plants. There will never be an end. I don't but if knew every plant I would have to learn thousands of new hybrids produced every year. A never ending quest to identify plants.
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