Lemon Balm, Melissa Officinalis #HealthHacks to calm a child with a cold

As our children were growing I read a wonderful book on how to handle children’s ailments singing the praises of Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis (aka: Bee Balm as the greek word for bee, I am told, sounds much like melissa). Lemon Balm makes a light, fresh, delicious tea that even children will drink! It has relaxing qualities. #Lemon Balm Tea is helpful in getting a fussy child to relax and maybe even sleep. There is a lot of research on Lemon Balm on PubMed for use with hyperactivity, impulsiveness and to help with concentration1 (I think I need some tea;-))

Lemon Balm even has some research as an antiviral and has on benefits with acyclover resistant bacteria2

You may want to take a minute to search the Pub Med site for more uses of Lemon Balm.

The Extract may be used by putting drops into hot water (the alcohol will dissipate in the steam):

Organic Tea Bags are also available:

Save money/Buy in Bulk:

For a cup of tea:

For a quart of tea:

Questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you! email me at:
Cynthia@SoCalGardenHealth.com

Basil, Genovese

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Genovese Basil

We are looking to expand our repertoire of beneficial interactions between plants in a Permaculture model.  Last year we planted Basil on the North side of a young Grapefruit tree – both flourished!  The Grapefruit tree consistently has more new leaves than any of our other citrus and the Basil has produced all year and even through our (very mild) winter!