Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), is another member of the beloved mint family. It is one of my favorite calming herbs. Its been used by many cultures for many centuries to help alleviate stress and anxious feelings, to promote restful sleep, to aid in digestive comfort and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic). Back in the day, folks would even steep lemon balm in wine to soothe spirits. I haven't tried that yet but I bet it's delicious. It can be used topically to help heal wounds. For cold sores or herpes sores, insect bites and stings - steep 2 to 4 tsp. of crushed leaf in 1 cup boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool. Apply tea with cotton balls to the affected areas throughout the day.
Lemon balm contains rosmarinic acid, a compound that appears to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Antioxidants play an important role in helping to prevent cell damage, while antimicrobials kill infection-causing organisms like bacteria and viruses. Aren't plants amazing?
We absolutely love growing these perennials here at Green Heffa Farms. True to its name, lemon balm has a lemony scent and flavor and makes for a tea that is great before bed or when you wake up (especially nice chilled during those video calls).
You can also find lemon balm as the grounding herb of our SANITEA blend. It is a very beginner-friendly herb for those who are new to expanding their wellness programs with natural options.
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