Lemon Balm Benefits: Why Should It Be In Your Garden


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.

General uses

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.

upset stomachs

menstrual cramps


digestive problems




to calm nerves

relieve anxiety



Lemon Balm Tea

Makes 1/4 cup tea blend, enough for 4 cups of 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.




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Phyllis Bentley
I have 12 years’ experience in the medical industry. As a freelance writer, I have written a number of articles which have been published in highly read publications. I have a strong knowledge base in a range of medical and wellness topics and in the business of health care.
Specialities in Family health; autoimmune diseases; mental health; diabetes, cancer; fitness and nutrition.