Parts used: Aerial parts
Medicinal properties: relaxant, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, carminative, antiviral, nervine tonic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative
Suggested uses: Herpes simples - cold sores, shingles (salve)
Calms central nervous system
Relaxes tense stomach muscles - indigestion, acidity, nausea, bloating, colic
Quiets the mind
Nourishes the adrenals
Fevers - gentle for children
Inhibits thyroid functions (for over active thyroid)
Cuts and insect bites (salve)
Spiritual uses - opens the heart
(excerpt from Kathy Hubbard's: Back to our roots 2014)
"Lemon Balm has a pleasant taste. You can brew a cup of tea with it; use about a tablespoon of loose herb and top with hot water. Let steep for ten minutes and enjoy with honey or natural sweeteners such as stevia for example. I would not use sugar with herbal teas. It seems to work against the natural purpose. If you want a stronger medicinal brew, make an overnight infusion ( see my article from March 10th, 16, below).
Lemon Balm grows in our region and I am planting it this week. Looking forward to my own home grown Lemon Balm. I like to drink it for its nice flavor and soothing feel. I feel drawn to it. Plants do that; the ones you need are calling you and you feel attracted to them. Then try them and see…"
By Irmi Presutto