115th Ashan, 721
Lemon balm is an herb that can be used for both herbal remedies, and in cooking. It is one of many different varieties of mint. This herb can be used to treat colds, the flu, and insomnia. It can also be used to ease some allergies.
"Did you find anything interesting in that book?"
Seira paused in her reading, and looked over at her twin.
"I think so. I'm reading a section about lemon balm at the moment. It can be used in herbal remedies, and it can be used as an ingredient when cooking as well. I just started the section, so I don't know much yet, but it looks like among other things, it can help with colds and the flu. That makes me think that it will be especially useful this time of arc."
"I'll want to read about it when you're done then."
"Okay. What about you? Have you found anything interesting yet?"
Seri shook her head.
"Not yet. All I've found in this book is information about herbal remedies that we've already learned how to make. I think I'm going to switch to a different book."
"Let me know if you do find anything interesting."
Seira carefully took notes on what she had just read. She knew how to write, of course, but her handwriting was horrible, and she had to write very slowly if she wanted to actually be able to read what she had written later. When she had finished with her notes, she went back to her reading.
Lemon balm has a calming effect and therefore it can be used to help remove fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and tension.
Seira paused to take notes on this as well. It seemed to her as if lemon balm could be used for several common ailments. That meant that it would be a useful herb to have a supply of. Although she didn't think that she wanted to be a healer, medicine was something she was very interested in. She liked the idea of having a personal supply of herbs and being able to make some herbal remedies if she or one of her family members needed them. She also thought she would enjoy making herbal remedies and giving them to the Order if that was something that they would allow. And she was still very interested in the idea of finding herbs that could be used as a weapon. Even though she wasn't a Knight Initiate anymore, she was still determined to help the Knights in some way.
When used in cooking, it can be used as a garnish for drinks and tangy dishes to add a delicate lemon flavor. It is especially good when used with fish.
When she read that, Seira realized that she might have eaten something that had been flavored with lemon balm before.
"Seri, do you remember when we ate dinner with Taria shortly before we graduated from school, and her mother made that really amazing fish for us?"
"It tasted a little like lemon, but when I asked, her mother insisted that she hadn't used lemons or lemon juice when she made it."
It was Seira's turn to nod.
"Well, according to what I just read, I think she might have used lemon balm. This book says that it has a delicate lemon flavor, and that it is especially good when used with fish."
"You might be right, then. Do you think she would give us the recipe for that fish dish if we asked?"
Seira shook her head.
"I doubt it. Taria's mother is really proud of her family recipes. I don't think she'd share them with anyone outside her family. But...we should probably learn how to cook for ourselves some trial. Maybe when we do, we can learn how to make something similar if we look for fish recipes that use lemon balm."
"Maybe. We should add that to our list of things to do."
Seira grinned at her twin. The "list" would be many pages long if they ever wrote it out. There were so many things that they "should" do or that they wanted to do that it would probably take them more arcs than they would be alive to do it all.
"Yeah. We should do that."
Seri grinned back at her. Then they started laughing. It took them several bits to calm down once more and get back to work.