Our beautiful dragonhead has started to bloom!
This year has been a huge learning curve for me. I have had small salsa gardens and have grown the occasional kitchen herb, however, this year was my first venture into more medicinal type herbs to be used for teas and tinctures. I started small planting in pots and it has been a trying season with weather. But alas my darling little plants are starting to spring forth and show their beauty.
The dragonhead maldovian balm (Dracocephalum moldavica) is part of the the lemon family of herbs and resembles the fragrance of lemon balm (Melisa) only stronger. The leaves of the dragonhead plant retain their fragrance even after drying which makes for tasty teas and wonderful herbal preparations.
When researching which herbs I wanted to begin my new venture with I found that I didn’t really know much about the wide varieties that were available. So I scoured my seed catalog for herbs that offered properties that I was looking to explore. This herb, with both leaves and flowers, make a great tea that is good for a discourages heart. It helps to calm the mind and boost the mood all the while calming restlessness and worry. In addition it has properties to ease digestion issues and boost the immune system.
I look forward to sharing more about this powerhouse little herb as we learn and grow with it.