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29 June 2015

St. Johnswort, Lemon Balm & Motherwort

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Do It Yourself, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

cw in lemon balmLemon Balm, Motherwort, and St Johnswort are three of my favorite herbs to grow. The pleasures of growing these herbs are many. . .

To begin with, in herb gardening, I am partial to perennials and strong self-sowing annuals, which result in more benefit year by year from the original input of labor. Sure, there’s mulching and tending each year but there’s also the advantage that the plants grow bigger and offer more as they grow.

It's not unusual for one motherwort in our garden to grow so verdantly that it makes dozens of baby plants, so sweet with their jagged-edge leaves, and beautifully delicate pink flowers ringed round the stalk, the very next year.

lemon balm patchWith lemon balm, just crushing the leaves in my hands and rubbing them on my arms and face gives me that sensuous and mood-elevating feeling that lemon balm is so well known for!

Outside our windows, St. J’s is holding in the erosion on our sloped fence-line and doing double duty as medicine for Red Moon Herbs.

Aside from the sheer pleasure of having these friends around, they can be incorporated into life a variety of ways, namely: fresh herbs in food or bath, sun tea, drying for craft projects or future use in infusion teas, picking and sniffing for a mid-day pickup, photography, demonstration gardens, seed saving, and more. They also offer food to the pollinators, life to the soil, and medicine for the animals and humans.

About the Author

Corinna Wood

Corinna Wood

SEWWnewsletterSidebarAdCorinna Wood is founder and director of Southeast Wise Women and co-founder of Red Moon Herbs. With extensive training and experience in herbal medicine and spiritual psychology for women, Corinna has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition for over 25 years.

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