Benefits of lovely Lemon Balm


Lovely Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

A member of the mint family, lemon balm is easy to grow; makes delicious spur of the moment tea. Lovely Lemon Balm is a “euphoric”. I’ll never forget the day I learned that Melissa, as she is fondly referred to, as a “euphoric”; she makes people happy!!!!!

Lovely Lemon Balm

Gentle, lovely Lemon Balm is one of my most favourite herbs! Her list of attributes is long and  “Melissa” is a powerful ally for a wide variety of issues. There are always new volunteers each spring as the ‘mother’ plants offer up an enthusiastic showing of new plants. I welcome them and transplant and share and happily make medicine all season long!  I’ve given away 10+ baby plants in the last month and so this post is for everyone of course and also for those new ‘caretakers’ of missy Melissa!

Lovely Lemon Balm

Some new “Lemon Balm Babies” ready to share!

Here’s a quick peek at Lemon Balm:

Primary Properties:

antibacterial
antidepressant
antiemetic
antispasmodic
antiviral
anxiolytic
carminative
diaphoretic
febrifuge
nervine
relaxant
tranquilizer

Secondary Properties:

Analgesic
antiallergenic
antifungal
anti-inflammatory
antimigraine
antioxidant
antithyrotropic
appetite stimulant
astringent
cardiac (mild)
choleretic
bitter
emmenagogue
hypotensive
sedative
uterine relaxant
vulnerary

**For clarification of any of the above terms, see “GLOSSARY” here or
under the ‘article’ tab above.

Some ideas for use of  our Lovely Lemon Balm:

  1. Nervous system conditions: A very good antidepressant and anxiolytic. Used for stress, tension, anxiety and depression.
  2. Feverish conditions; for all and especially effective with children.
  3. Heart palpitations due to anxiety^^. Feelings of “nerved out” with stress
  4. Tension headaches. Can be helpful with migraines.
  5. Can ease mild menstrual cramps.
  6. Viral infections:  Very good for viral fevers – chicken pox, measles.
    Supporting herb with all virus conditions.
  7. Digestive system conditions. Make tea from fresh plants when possible. Delicious!!
  8. Allergies; combines well with other anti-allergenic herbs to make an anti-allergy tea or formula
  9. Very helpful for emotional symptoms associated with PMS or menopause.
  10.  Research indicates it can support cognitive function and support memory/clarity

Contraindications: Pregnancy and severe hypothyroidism (though not usually a concern).

^^Combines well with Motherwort herb (Leonurus cardiaca) for heart palpitations.

It’s easy to grow!  If you don’t have any at home, get yourself a plant and explore this lovely gentle herbal ally!

Lemon Balm  Infusion or  “herbal tea”

I like to use Mason jars with lids to  keep the aromatic healing steam from escaping. 
Use a cup, mug or teapot.. Something with a lid is best.
This is how I make an infusion: 

Place 1-2 oz of Lemon Balm leaves (fresh if possible)
into a 1 litre Mason jar.  TIP: 8 – 12  leaves

Pour freshly boiled water to cover and enough to fill the jar.

Place lid on the jar and let steep for 10 -15 minutes.

Enjoy hot — warm — or chilled ! Delicious!
Note: The therapeutic dose — for best results? 3-4 cups per day.

Here’s another favourite way to use this special herbal ally ~ Check out this recipe for Lemon Balm Lemonade
Also ~ traditional recipe called “Carmelite Water” is made using Lemon Balm here.

 
 
 
ENJOY!!!!   How do YOU like to use Lemon Balm?? 
 

 Lemon Balm

 

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