Lemon Balm, commonly known as “Melissa, is a mint with a distinctly lemony scent. It originated in Southern Europe but is now found in many parts of the world. The leaves, stems and flowers of the Lemon Balm plant have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes.
The term “balm” in refers to balsam, the ancient world’s most important sweet-smelling oils. For thousands of years herbalists used lemon balm to treat any kind of disorder of the central nervous system.
The terpenes of the Lemon Balm, part of its pleasant smelling essential oils, produce this herb’s relaxing and gas-relieving effects.
Lemon Balm contains flavonoids, polyphenolics, and other compounds that appear to be responsible for this herb’s anti-herpes and thyroid-regulating actions.
Lemon balm is frequently combined with other medicinal plants. For example, peppermint and lemon balm together are effective for calming upset stomach. Valerian is often combined with lemon balm for insomnia and nerve pain. Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus) and lemon balm are usually used together for Graves’ disease.
To make lemon balm tea, the leaves are infused in rolling boiling water. The length of the steep will determine the strength of the taste of the lemon balm in the tea.
The following are its more well-known health benefits:
- Can be used to fight insomnia and sleeping difficulties.
- Can be used to treat nerve pain.
- Helps in alleviating disorders of the digestive tract and gas problems.
- May help in the treatment of thyroid-related problems, though caution should be exercised by those on thyroid hormone treatment.
- May help in strengthening memory and other brain functions.
- May help in enhancing and improving the mood.