Lemon Balm Medicinal Benefits

Lemon Balm Uses

(Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon Balm - Herbs

Lemon Balm for healing

The “Melissa” is lemon balms scientific name is Greek for a 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.

Herbs And Their Uses

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 bathwater 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

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3 Responses

  1. EMMA (@Ddraigcoch1)

    Just wondering, is Lemon Balm the same as Lemon mint? My next door neighbour has something similar and if it is definitely Lemon Balm I will ask if I can split a bit from hers and have some in my garden. I am slowly increasing what I have in my garden in the way of medicinal edibles such as food and herbs and this would be a treasure with my anxiety issues.

  2. irenedesign2011

    I use to make tea and cool it down before drinking in the Summer, very refreshing 🙂

    • Ian Scott

      I too make the tea great for dehydration thank you for your thoughts

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