What’s growing your garden? Focus on Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis: Lemon balm is currently growing in abundance, ready to harvest and make into delicious, therapeutic teas, drinks and dishes.
Conditions Lemon balm can benefit
Includes spasms, heart burn, indigestion, flatulence and nausea due to the volatile oils having carminative and antispasmodic actions. The oils also have a relaxing, nervine action so are useful for any digestive issues made worse through stress and anxiety such as irritable bowel.
Morning sickness and pregnancy headaches
Due to it’s carminative and nervine actions
Due to the oils being antispasmodic.
Nervous system conditions
Includes stress, anxiety, panic attacks, palpitations, dizziness, high blood pressure, nervous headaches and mild depression due to being a nervine and relaxant. Clinical studies have also shown it to help relieve agitation in Alzheimer and dementia patients.
A lemon balm tea one to two hours before bed acts as a gentle sedative to promote sleep. It has also been shown to helps establish good sleep cycles in menopausal women and children suffering from restlessness.
Due to having vasodilating actions on the peripheral circulation system: the arms, hands, legs and feet.
Viral colds and flus
Especially those associated high temperatures due to it being diaphoretic (reduces fever) as well as anti-viral
Endocrine system conditions
Useful for Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism: please consult a qualified medical herbalist for help with these conditions and avoid if you have hypothyroidism.
Reduces oxidative stress caused by X-Rays
Due to be being high in antioxidant properties. As soon as you know you will be having an X-Ray drink lemon balm tea twice day before and after the X-Ray.
Externally for viral skin conditions
Includes colds sores, herpes, chickenpox and shingles due to the volatile oils being antiviral and healing wounds and stings.
Google Lemon balm recipes and you’ll find many to choose from. There is a wonderful collection here.
Basic Lemon balm tea
· Put about 30g of washed Lemon balm leaves in a tea pot or cafetiere
· Add boiling water.
· Steep for minimum of 5 mins, longer if you can wait.
· You can add honey, lemon, ginger or any other herbs. I like a few mint leaves with mine.
Over to you
Harvest and find a recipe to try.
Always seek qualified Medical Herbalists before taking herbs and check with your doctor for any interactions with current medication.