Alan Chadwick a Gardener of Souls

Lecture by Alan Chadwick in New Market, Virginia, 1979


Lecture 19.1, Herb Study: Melissa, Balm

An Introduction to Alan Chadwick's Lectures and a Glossary of Terms



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Balm is a lavishly growing perennial that loves sun. The name is from "meli," bees and honey. Beekeepers rub the herb on the inside of the hives to attract the bees. Medicinally, it lifts heaviness of the mind, sharpens understanding, and strengthens memory. It should be used before the plant begins to blossom. Propagate from seed or crown division. Any soil will do, but it requires moisture. Can be used to flavor soups and cool drinks, but collect at noon for drying purposes. Also used as a furniture polish. Lifts melancholia and is the source of the expression, "He's balmy." (9:56)



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