Lemon balm (Melissa offincianalis) adds a delicious, and tangy flavor of lemon to teas, cookies, pastries, and meats. It has been used for centuries to both heal, and in the kitchen. The American colonists brought it with them to the New World, not only because of it’s herbal healing benefits, but to use in their cooking. This versatile herb can also be made into an herbal syrup for pancakes.
It grew in the gardens of Monticello for it’s culinary,Â medicinal uses, and it’s fragrance.
Internally, lemon balm is useful as an herbal nervine. It is used for stress, and anxiety. It quiets the nerves. For internal uses, you can use either the dried herb, or fresh herb to make a soothing tea.
Lemon Balm Chicken Casserole is an easy meal to make for families on the go. You can use a clay cooker, slow cooker, or just a regular casserole dish.Â It is best to use fresh lemon balm herb for this dish, as well as other cooking. The dried herb does not retain the same delicious lemony taste that the fresh herb has.
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