Lemon Balm Uses
Lemon Balm for healing
The “melissa” is lemon balms scientific name is Greek for honeybee. It is a bee magnet. It is considered one of the top five medicinal herbs for sleep problems, and has been used as a sedative and anti-anxiety herb for centuries.
Lemon Balm along with valerian, it’s often referred to as “herbal valium”. Lemon balm is an antiviral, an astringent and an antispasmodic. It is also high in antioxidants (flavonoids).
Growing Lemon Balm
The literature typically suggests planting it in soil with a neutral pH (7) and warns of potential problems with mildew. Give lemon balm decent soil and protect it from punishing heat with a layer of mulch and a regular watering schedule — or at least place it in a location that receives afternoon shade.
Lemon Balm oil for sleep
If you like the idea of taking lemon balm tea as a calming or sleep inducing herbal remedy, but don’t like tea, the fresh lemon balm leaves can be added to bath water for a homemade aromatherapy session. Inhaling the fragrance can carry many of the same benefits as drinking the tea or taking a lemon balm supplement. © Angela Soya