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Also known as Common Balm and Balm Mint. The genus name, Melissa, means “bee” in Greek, and the plant was likely named for its reputed ability to attract bees. First century Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder, wrote that Lemon Balm planted near bee hives would encourage bees to return.
Lemon Balm was traditionally used to uplift the spirits. As Culpepper mentioned, some of its properties are spiritual in nature. This herb was used in spells to heal broken hearts and to attract romantic love.
Lemon Balm may be described as a herb that relaxes, soothes and supports the nervous system. It may also be used as a gentle sedative to help promote sleep. As well, Lemon balm may help to lessen skin disorders, insect bites and viral infections.
The energetics of Lemon Balm is cooling and drying and the taste is sour. Combine Lemon Balm with Chamomile, lavender or Holy Basil to support relaxation. Mix with Echinacea an Licorice to support the immune system or with Papaya Leaf, Catnip or Meadowsweet to support digestion.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Lemon Balm to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
If you have an under active thyroid condition avoid consuming this plant in excess.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.