The energetics of lemon balm is cooling and drying. Taste is sour.
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 and Gerard later claimed that rubbing the leaves on a hive would “causeth the Bees to keep together and causeth others to come unto them.”
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 relieve anxiety and improve nervous conditions and may be used as a gentle sedative to help promote sleep.
Lemon balm may lessen skin disorders, insect bites and viral infections.
Use 1 tsp. Per cup. Boil water and steep for 20 mins. Strain and Drink up to 2 cups per day
Cautions – if you have an underactive thyroid condition avoid consuming this plant in excess.
Combine Lemon balm with Chamomile, Lavender or Holy Basil to support relaxation, with Echinacea and Licorice to support the immune system or with Papaya leaf, Catnip or Meadowsweet to support digestion.