I love herbs and I love learning about them! I've been putting together a folder of a bunch of herbs and compiling everything about them. I have so many herb books---magical uses, medicinal uses, etc, but all the information is scattered between all the books and what I find online. So, I've been working on putting everything together into one piece. And then I thought--why not add this to a blog or something? So, I'm now doing an herb of the week blog post and this i my first... so here it is...  Feel free to let me know if I'm missing something or if something is horribly outrageously wrong or something!

Lemon Balm
Lemon balm

Other names: Balm, Bálsamo de Limón, Cure-All, Dropsy Plant, Honey Plant, Melisa, Melissa, Melissa officinalis, Melissae Folium, Mélisse, Mélisse Citronnelle, Mélisse Officinale, Melissenblatt, Monarde, Sweet Balm, Sweet Mary, Toronjil
Physical Description: member of the mint family, native to the Middle East and Mediterranean
Height: 12-18”
Stems: square
Leaves: paired leaves, 1-3” longs, come to a point and serrated. They have a strong lemon scent when bruised
Flowers: Clusters that can be a variety of colors from pink, yellow, blue and white. 

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Jupiter
Gods: Jupiter
Goddesses: Diana, Artemis, Cybele, Venus
Element: Water
Sabbat: Yule, Beltaine 

Growing and caring for:
              Culture: outdoors, containers, hydroponics
                Spacing: 12-15” apart
                pH Range: preferred 6-7.5 but tolerates 5.6-9
                Propagation: From seeds, start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost
                Germination Period: 12-21 days
                Soil Requirements: Fertile, well drained clay or sandy
                Sun and light requirements: full sun but can tolerate mild shade
                Water: requires constantly moist soil, do not let soil dry out between waterings
                Dangers: whitefly, spider mite, thrip, and powdery mildew
                Attractions: bees, butterflies and birds

Medicinal Properties:
Sedative, anti-depressant, digestive stimulant, promotes sweating, relaxing, antiviral, antispasmodic, carminative, antibacterial. Mainly used as a tranquilizer, calms nervous stomach, colic, heart palpitations. Helps lower blood pressure; can be used with treating children; useful in treating HIV/AIDS.
Skin care: allergies, insect bites, insect repellent
Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, colds, influenza
Digestive: colic, indigestion, nausea, committing, nervous stomach, reliving spasms, flatulence
Circulatory: tonic for the heart, slows its action, relieves palpations, lowers blood pressure, menstrual problems and pains
Nerves: anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, shock and vertigo
Emotion: calming, happiness, helps with grief and inner peace

Magical Properties:
Healing for psychological disorders, love, banishes evil, emotional balance, energy, calming, pre-ritual baths, health
Tussie-Mussie: Sympathy and pick me up
Other Important information:
              Safety Concerns: None

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Comment by MoonCrone on October 10, 2013 at 3:51

Loving this post - thank you!

The Irish Goddess of Healing, Airmid, is really calling to me at the present time through my exploration of Celtic Shamanism and I know the message is I must learn more, grow more and help more!

I have an excellent book written by a chap called Paul Beyerl, it's called "a compendium of herbal magick" which was a follow up to one called the master book of herbalism - that I hope to one day own too.

I love the idea of using "natural" treatments but I think we should always use the disclaimer not to undertake healing work without saying people should see their doctors too.  We don't have x-ray vision and so on, and all we can do is treat symptoms, it may not be addressing the cause.

But then I would think like that, I worked in a pharmacy for 8 years and it's what they trained me to say about any treatment other than National Health Service.

I'm looking forward to reading your next Herb post. 

Comment by Ms. Witch(Sara) on October 9, 2013 at 10:34

Awesome! I also love herbs.  I have a group dedicated to it called, Spice Goddess and also do similar teachings on there like you have done here. please check us out and keep up the good work.


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