Lemon Balm

For the past year I’ve been studying herbalism. I like herbs. You can eat them and they won’t kill you (but be careful, because there are some plants that look like edible herbs that CAN kill you if eaten). Lots of herbs have amazing properties that sooth and heal. Herbs are nice. My teacher (via Zoom, of course), Dara Saville, is a big proponent of Lemon Balm. It is credited with calming the nerves and easing ruminating thoughts. While planning this year’s backyard planting I chose to focus on medicinal plants and herbs, including Lemon Balm. I drew a very rough diagram of my backyard’s planting areas and noted what I planted where. That was on April 1st. Some things have sprouted (sprouting makes me happy), but some things have not. The Lemon Balm has not. My granddaughter, who loves to give helpful advice told me, “You must have done something wrong.” Maybe, but maybe not. I realized when I sat down to write today’s blog, that God is protecting one of my sources of inspiration: ruminating thoughts.

My thoughts bounce and swirl around in my mind landing where they will. I wipe them up with my hand and with a flick of my wrist, fling them across the page. SPLAT! Because I think in images I have many analogies for my ruminating thought process. It’s like riding a bucking bronco. It’s like a superball in a racketball court. It’s like a leaf in a wind storm. Sometimes I kind of like it, but at other times I don’t. That’s how ruminating thoughts work.

I still wish my Lemon Balm (and Thyme, and a half a dozen other things that I planted, but that haven’t sprouted) would grow. It makes a yummy iced tea, and while I don’t reject that ruminating thoughts can have some merit, they’re pretty annoying at three in the morning.

Today’s quote on my day-at-a-time calendar was, “A good teacher tells you where to look, but not what to see.” It wasn’t credited to anyone. My mind doesn’t tell me where to look, but it tells me to see twenty different things in interpretation of each thing my gaze lands upon. It’s how I’m able to come up with something (granted, not necessarily something worth reading) to write every Friday. I like writing, so this makes me happy. Life is good.

Metal roadrunner peaking out from behind the mint. Lemon Balm is in the mint family. I mistakenly thought it would be happy to grow in my backyard.
Calendula struggling to take hold.
Pretty, but not edible, iris bloom.

5 thoughts on “Lemon Balm”

  1. The immediate thought which came to my mind, looking at the picture of that iris, was it is a “she” iris. The iris looks as if it is dancing like a ballerina.


  2. I learned that when picking herbs in the wild, it is not good to pick them near the road because too many heavy metals exist near a road. Must walk further into the wilderness to pick the herbs.
    If you want to take out heavy metals from the earth you grow your garden, should plant dandelion or two other plants. Pull up by roots and burn. Grow eatable dandelion in potting soil with no metals.

    “Common dandelion has a proven ability to accumulate high concentrations of contaminants present in the soil and in the air in its tissues. … At the same time, some of the studies conducted indicate that the process of heavy metals’ uptake by common dandelion is complex and selective, and depends on many factors.”

    “What plants absorb heavy metals?”
    “Brassica juncea (Indian mustard) and Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth) have the the highest tendency of absorbing heavy metals from soil and water, respectively.”

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