Berry Balm Crunch

Blackberry season is upon us!

16 oz blackberries, raspberries or blueberries
2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp finely chopped fresh lemon balm
2/3  cup packed brown sugar
½  cup all-purpose flour
2/3  cup quick-cooking rolled oats
5 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp cinnamon
sprigs of fresh lemon balm for garnish
Combine berries, lemon juice, and lemon balm.  Spread in an 8-inch square baking
pan.  Mix sugar and next 4 ingredients.  Sprinkle over berries. Bake at 375o for 30
minutes or until crisp and brown.  Serve warm with ice cream  and lemon balm leaf garnish.

Blackberry Balm Crunch

Anti viral, nervine, calmative
Lemon Balm is a food and, as such, can be kept in the kitchen with other food ingredients. Add it to dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts so as to add nutritional value to the dish while enhancing the flavor.  Lemonbalm has many many medicinal qualities as well:

Cinnamon acts as a tonic to the entire body. It dispels colds and winter chills, and kills a variety of illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli, salmonella, staphylococccus and the Asian flu virus. It promotes sweating, increases blood circulation, increases the production of digestive fluids, relieves smooth muscle spasms, and increase the flow of urine. It has been used to treat colds, fevers, edema, arthritis, amenorrhea, angina pain, dyspepsia, and hypochondria. Externally, it can be used as a tea or powdered for vaginal infections. In the digestive system, it helps with weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Cinnamon can also act as a relaxant, reducing anxiety and stress, and its astringent properties will stop bleeding. It has strong volatile oils that are a potent antibacterial, antifungal and even a uterine stimulant. Because it is so good tasting, it is doubly effective in fighting mouth infections.

Contains mucilaginous compounds as well as crude fiber that encourage normal bowel function. These compounds reduce bowel transit time, absorb toxins and enhance the efficiency of digestion. Oatstraw is an excellent herbal source of magnesium. The herb has been used to treat hysteria, calcium deficiency, nervous disorders, urinary tract infections and osteoporosis. Oats are high in calcium, chromium, Vit A, magnesium, dietary fiber
Blackberries   Antioxidant, folic acid, vit C, vit K, vit B, manganese, dietary fiber