Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts
Herbal Momma, aka, Kristine Farley loves everything herbal, but has an infinity for all domestic and home arts.
This blog is a journal of family and domestic art activities that will be published in her forthcoming book,
Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts.

April 16, 2015

Lovely Lemon Balm

 ***Updated***  Last Friday I gave a mini-class on Stress and Lemon Balm.  This is the perfect time of year to plant and enjoy this awesome herb!  Enjoy!

Lemon Balm ~ Melissa officinalis
A delightful member of the mint family. The fragrance of Lemon Balm is known for it's "mood lifting" properties.  Just pick some and see that you will have a sunnier disposition.

We have it growing by the front door and back porch.  I "dies" back in the winter and is one of the first herbs to "pop" out in the spring.  Every home should have this lemony  herb. 


Our 14 year old son is now making Lemon Balm Water to drink.  He keeps our glass pitcher full and picks fresh herbs for it every few days.  It keeps in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.  Just add water to keep it going.
 
Cultivation: Seeds maybe sown in the garden in early spring and germinate quickly. The roots do no seem to put out runners as do mints, but they increase into a hard-to-divide clump. Grows well in full to partial sun.

Actions: sedative, anti-depressant, digestive
stimulant, promotes sweating, relaxing restorative for nervous system, antiviral(possibly due to polyphenols and tannins); antibacterial, carminative, antispasmodic

Language of Flowers: Social intercourse;pleasant company of friends; memories; a cure;
“Don’t misuse me.”

Medicinal Uses: Lemon balm’s main action is as a tranquilizer. It calms a nervous stomach, colic, or heart spasms. The leaves are reputed to also lower blood pressure. It is very gentle,although effective, so is often suggested for children and babies. The hot tea brings on a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flus and
fevers and an antiviral agent has been found that combats mumps, cold sores and other viruses.

Other Uses: Used in potpourris. In the 16th century, it was rubbed on beehives to encourage the bees to create honey. Because it contains citronella oil it is used in insect repellants.

Culinary Uses: Fresh lemon balm imparts a subtle lemon flavor and fresh lemon fragrance, making it especially nice for fruit dishes, custards, and tea. Early fresh leaves can be chopped and added to green or fruit salads; just cut down somewhat on the vinegar or lemon juice. Cut the leaves into slivers and sprinkle on fish or chicken dishes.

Resources:
Companion Plants,;www.companionplants.com
Crimson Sage; http://www.crimson-sage.com
The Rosemary House, www.therosemaryhouse.com
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April 13, 2015

FREE ~ Super Simple Companion Planting Guide

I was recently asked by a begining gardener what to plant by what.  I searched through my garden books and the internet, but all of the charts and articles were too complicated for a beginner.

I created the following chart not just for beginner gardeners, but for myself too, as a quick reference.

I am printing it out, placing in a plastic protector sheet and keeping it with my seed bin that I take out to the garden.

May your garden be a Victory Garden!

PDF - Super Simple Companion Planting Guide

April 12, 2015

Today I Had the Opportunity to Doula.....

Sheep.  Her name is Mimosa.

She had two lambs.
Zeus
 
Juliet

Zeus was a eager eater, but Juliet is a little slower.  Juliet did frolic a little bit.
We gave them all some diluted Cayenne Tincture and are having to bottle feed 
Juliet some colostrum to get her strength up.

Mimosa is a patient mother and may have another lamb yet.  No placenta presented either.  
It may be a long night for the owners.  The vet has been contacted.
***Update***
Just checked mom & babies.  All doing well.  Yeah!!! 

I love spring & birth.  What a blessing to be able to work with these sweet animals.

Here I am with Easter.  He was born last Sunday on Easter.
It has been a great, beautiful Sunday.  Attended my Church meetings, then got a text requesting help.
I get to check on them the next few days.  Hurray!!!

September 19, 2014

We Grew Melons!!!

First of all I need to say that I have been missing in action on this blog.  Why?
Camping with Kids & Grandkids, canning, garden picking, 
swimming in the lakes and more food preservation...
 because the garden has been bounteous this year!

It has been unbelievable what we have been able to grow and harvest
Never have we been able to grow melons, oh we have grown vines, 
but never any fully ripe melons.

Now they aren't very big, but they are delicious!

Noir Des Carmes Cantaloupe is a sweet melon that doesn't really look much like a cantaloupe on the outside, but is the normal soft orange color inside.  The seeds came from Caleb Warnock's  Renaissance Seeds 

My only regret is that I didn't save the seeds from the biggest one.  Caleb says, "The best self-seeding cantaloupe on earth, as long as you don't let other cantaloupe pollinate it."  Thank goodness I didn't plant all of them this year. Renaissance Seeds is in Utah County, Utah.

As you can see this watermelon is just smaller than a dinner plate.
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon from Jackie Clay's Seeds 
I figured if they can grow them in Minnesota with a short season, 
I can grow them here.
Well, it worked!!!

Tonight I had Fruit Salad, Cottage Cheese 
and lightly Roasted Almonds for dinner.

Don't you just love summer?  It still is summer for a few more days!!!

August 12, 2014

Treasure Hunt

This morning teasures were waiting to be found.  On my teasure hunt I found; a box worth of green beans, a huge armload of summer squash, 6 tomatoes (now this is really "happy"), a dozen or so carrots, and a gallon of berries.  Then a spent time canning up a few quarts of beans and 10 quarts made from rest of the veggies were a mix of my booty.

Love the summer harvest!