Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm/Melissa Officinalis has been known as the "The Nerve Balm," "Cure-All" and "The Elixir of Life."

Lemon Balm smells wonderful, is easy to grow and is well-loved by bees and humans, alike! 

โ€œBalm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy,โ€ wrote John Evelyn, a well-known herbalist, in the 1600s.

Lemon Balm is:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral (rich in polyphenols), making it an excellent remedy for shingles and herpes (especially when used in conjunction with licorice root)
  • Antihistimine -- excellent for Allergies & Asthma
  • Anti-spasmodic  
  • Anti-Depressant
  • Detoxifying
  • Memory Strengthener
  • Strengthening
  • Uplifting

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And it has been used effectively over the years to help ease:

  • ADD & ADHD
  • Colic
  • Digestive issue
  • Flu
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  • Heart Diseas
  • Insomnia
  • Nervous Disorder
  • Pain
  • Respiratory
  • Restlessnes
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ow to Use:

Fresh is best, but dried is worthy as well! :)

  • Lemon Balm Glycerine Tincture
  • Tea: pour hot water over the herb and steep, covered for 10-15 minutes -- use a tea ball or put the herb directly into the cup, then strain. Drink warm or add ice for a refreshing iced tea.  
  • Iced lemon balm tea -- aids respiratory healing and eases tension, combat colds, flu and allergies!  
  • Hot lemon balm tea -- Great for a cold or flu and soothing to a sore throat!
  • Options: Add a bit of mint or lime, or combine it with a berry tea.
  • For anxiety or depression: combines lemon balm with St. Johnโ€™s wort, oats, skullcap, lavender, chamomile and/or hawthorn (berry, flower, and leaf). 
  • For insomnia and digestive trouble: lemon balm, chamomile, lavender and passionflower.  Drink a cup or two of this calming tea or Lemon Balm Tincture several hours before bedtime. 

To Grow:

  • prepare soil or a pot with mulch and potting soil with fertilizer
  • plant lemon balm (seeds or a start) in a sunny or partially shady spot
  • keep soil moist, yet well-drained
  • harvest lemon balm leaves anytime, (the flavor is best, however, before the plant starts to flower) use fresh leaves in your tea and tincture or hang in thin bunches to dry.  When dry, store dried herb in a tightly sealed glass jar in a cool dark place
  • when the plant starts to flower, cut it back for a new crop of leaves

   Precaution:

Lemon balm is considered a thyroid inhibitor; anyone with hypothyroidism or low thyroid activity should use it only under the guidance of a health-care practitioner.โ€

I buy my Seeds, plants, dried herb & tea ball here:

OR  HERE:

Mountain Rose Herbs. A Herbs, Health & Harmony Com