Lemon Balm Uses
Lemon balm is a delightfully aromatic culinary and medicinal herb. With a fresh lemon aroma and flavor, lemon balm can be enjoyed in a variety of ways and makes an attractive addition to any garden. A member of the mint family, lemon balm is easy to grow and can tolerate both sun and shade and does well in containers.
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Lemon Balm Recipes
Lemon balm can be enjoyed in a variety of ways – used in place of lemons to flavor meats, added to salads, infused into a hot tea or iced tea, and used in baking. These lemon balm cookies are sweet with a touch of lemon flavor.
Lemon Balm Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon balm (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs, chopped lemon balm, and lemon oil. Mix well.
- Slowly add in flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
- Drop by the teaspoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Yields about 1 dozen.
Have you considered growing your own medicinal and culinary herbs? It’s easier than you think. Here’s a great article on Starting Your Medicinal Herb Garden – 5 Herbs to Grow in Containers and Gardens.
And Susannah at Healthy Green Savvy talks more about the benefits of lemon balm – Lemon Balm – An Herb Worth Knowing and Growing.
Have you tried lemon balm? What’s your favorite way to use it?