Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products.
Most natural gardeners find that they have ample of the stuff and would be more than happy to dig you up a clump, otherwise you should be able to buy seeds or a small plant at your local garden center. It’s an all round winner and an absolute must in any happy garden.
Primary interest in lemon balm surrounds its effects on the central nervous system. One small study demonstrated decreased stress and agitation in patients with dementia and Alzheimer disease. Lemon balm cream has shown some efficacy in herpes virus lesions in a few small placebo-controlled trials.
Medicinal uses for Lemon Balm
This zingy herb has an abundance of well-known, tried and tested health benefits and medical properties. Whilst one of it’s most famous properties is as a mild sedative, calming the nervous system, it is also commonly used to help.
to calm nerves
Lemon Balm Tea
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried oatstraw
2 teaspoons dried, seedless rosehips
1 1/2 teaspoons dried orange peel
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container
To make tea: For 1 cup of tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 rounded tablespoon of the tea blend. Cover and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey, if desired.
You could also infuse all 4 cups at once (a quart mason jar works well) and sip it throughout the day.