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I am using lemon balm (melissa) to deal with all the lovely “gifts” of menopause. I am referring to night-sweats/hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings and general lack of energy.
This is the first of many herbs I am planting this summer. Lemon balm is a very easy herb to grow. Too easy, according to many of my gardening friends. It’s been used for many a year. As a matter of fact it’s described in the Odyssey:
…A vine did all the hollow cave embrace,
Still green, yet still ripe bunches gave it grace.
Four fountains, one against another, pour’d
Their silver streams; and meadows all enflower’d
With sweet balm-gentle, and blue violets hid,
That deck’d the soft breasts of each fragrant mead.
– The Odyssey, Book V (Herb Society of America)