Herbal Remedies Winter Workstop
Saturday 29th November 9.30 – 12 noon
Learn how to make simple and effective herbal remedies to keep you and your family well this winter. Judyta and Eileen, our resident herbalists, will talk about local herbs and show you how to make your own herbal remedies. There will be a break for herbal tea and home-made cake.
Tickets £25 inluding a goody bag with samples and recipes
Advance booking essential.
This event will be held at the Landmark Arts Centre
For more information call the clinic Tel: 020 8943 9459
Lovely Lemon Balm
Run your fingers through Melissa and release the aromatic lemony scent. The leaves also have a delicious lemony taste, which can be enjoyed as a hot infusion, or just scattered on a salad. Melissa is named from the Greek for honey bee as it was originally grown as a plant to attract bees. In the UK it is commonly known as lemon balm. Balm is an abbreviation of balsam, which is a Hebrew word for a ‘soothing unguent’. The ancient Greeks appreciated lemon balm for its uplifting effect on the mind. 10th century Arab physicians recognised the plants sedative and anti spasmodic effects. Thomas Culpepper, the famous 15th century herbalist, recommended lemon balm syrup to relieve stomach disorders and many other ailments. Modern day herbalists use lemon balm to calm the digestion and to calm the mind. The herb has a particular affinity to stress-related digestive problems. Grow your own medicine! Lemon balm is a popular garden plant which grows easily, but can be invasive, so I prefer to grow mine in a pot. Just add hot water to fresh or dried lemon balm to make a refreshing and uplifting herbal tea. Hot water releases the essential oils which give Melissa officinalis medicinal qualities. The oils contain citronellal, geranial and neral, which have sedative and antispasmodic effects. Lemon balm is also noted for its anti-viral properties and is a common ingredient in creams and lip salves for cold sores. For more information on the medicinal properties of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) please visit www.efherbal.co.uk. Eileen Folan is a Medical Herbalist at Orange Tree Clinic in Teddington.