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Lemon Balm Benefits

Lemon Balm (melissa officinalis)

Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, has beautiful yellow-green leaves that are crinkly and coarse, with a crisp lemon scent that emerge early in the Spring and remain until the hot summer months roll in. It enjoys a bit of morning sun, but will grow much longer and bigger in shade. She prefers rich, well-drained soil, but she produces more of the healing essential oils in slightly poor soil that gets dry between waterings. The leaves can be harvested at any time, but are best left until just before the plant blooms. They can be left on the stem and hung in bundles in a dark, cool, airy spot to dry. Lemon Balm is antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, sedative, tonic, stomachic, antispasmodic, citronellel, polyphenols, eugenol acetate, geraniol, tannin, rosmarinic acid, triterpoids, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, quercetin

Warning: May interfere with sedatives or thyroid medication

Lemon Balm's benefits are used for:

  • a very mild sedative that won’t cause drowsiness. Useful in treating anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression

  • hyperthyroidism

  • lowers blood pressure and cholesterol

  • reduces heart rate

  • protects and repairs the liver

  • as a digestive aid, it is effective for settling an upset stomach from indigestion and heartburn

  • soothes colic in babies

  • relieves symptoms of PMS, including menstrual cramps, headaches and mood swings

  • increases cognitive function and memory

  • kills candida overgrowth

  • fights infectious bacteria

  • reduces blood sugar levels

  • causes apostosis of cancer cells

  • eases fevers and cold symptoms

  • fresh leaves can be applied to wounds and insect bites, or rubbed on the skin and clothes to help repel insects

  • protects against oxidative stress from low-level radiation

  • reduces chronic inflammation

  • regulates overactive thyroid

  • aids in the treatment of the herpes simplex virus

  • added to the bath, it relieves muscle tension and soothes irritated skin

History of lemon balm:

Honeybees love lemon balm. Beekeepers often plant lemon balm to add a mild citrus flavor to their honey and increase honey production.

In tarot, lemon balm is associated with the Chariot

Magick Associations: Venus Jupiter Cancer Love Diana To invoke the Goddess

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