Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) has become one of our favorite herbs. It is such a versitile herb.
Lemon balm is also very commonly known as Melissa or Sweet Melissa. Melissa is the Greek word for bee.
Lemon Balm has been used for thousands of years in many forms of herbal preparations. Dioscorides used it to treat snake bites, and today’s herbalists use it for a variety of ailments.
Lemon balm herb and it’s natural herbal preparations are some of the best healing remedies to have on hand in your natural first aid kit.
For Herpes and Cold Sores
Lemon Balm is one of the best known natural herbal remedies for herpes, and herpes cold sores.
Lemon Balm contains eugenol, which kills bacteria and contributes to its antiviral effects, as well as terpenes that add to its soothing effects.
Lemon balm’s herbal properties has been shown in scientific studies to combat and heal cold sores due to the herpes virus in just 2-4 days. Applied to the affected it helps double the time between outbreaks.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is an herbal nervine. A nervine is an herb that works on helping the nervous system combat stress and nervous exhaustion. Lemon balm makes a wonderful nerve tonic.
Lemon balm is calming, and soothes the nerves. It is good as a single herb for anxiety and stress, but can also be used in combination with other calming herbs such as Valerian, Catnip, Lavender, or Passionflower. If mixed with Valerian or Passionflower, you should not use any other sleep inducing medication such as Valium.
Best Way to Make A Tea
Heat enough water to make one cup (coffee cup size).
Place lemon balm herb into tea strainer.
Pour hot water over herb.
Place small saucer plate over cup to retain essential oils of the herb in the cup.
Let steep 10-15 minutes.
Add honey and stir.
Sit back, relax and enjoy your delicious lemon balm tea.
It is best to take 3-4 cups per day for 2 weeks to allow the lemon balm to take effect.
Lemon Balm should not be used by people who have hypothyroid conditions.