This week on master herbalist Mary Colvin's blog, she reviews the many uses of Lemon Balm, how to keep the mint-family herb from taking over your garden, and its history.
"Lemon Balm was once used as a sacred herb in the Temples of Artemis which was occupied as early as the Bronze age (3200 – 600 BC). The bee was considered a form that the soul took when it descended from Artemis. Not only that, in 'The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times & Folklore' by Hilda Ransome, she tells how a righteous soul was called, 'Melissae.' This righteous soul returned to heaven just as a bee returns to its hive!"
For more on the uses of the herb and recipes for pesto and tea, click HERE.