Lemon balm is one of the oldest known healing plants. It’s botanical name, Melissa, comes from the Greek word for ‘honey bee’ because the plant is so attractive to bees. Lemon balm is used for its soothing and antispasmodic properties.
lemon balm is a perennial that belongs to the Labiateae family. The entire plant has a strong lemon aroma especially when crushed and can grow to around 60cm tall.
Lemon balm is native to Eurasia but today is found growing wild in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
The active constituents found in lemon balm combine give the herb it’s relaxing and calming effects, these are;
8) bitter principle
lemon balms calming effects on the nervous system makes it a useful treatment in any ailments where stress, tension, and anxiety are contributing.
lemon balm is most commonly used as a tea, tincture, bath infusion or oil extract.
Note** Lemon balm contains antiviral compounds called polyphenols that are effective in treating and preventing cold sores.
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The dried fruit of Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) has long been used as a culinary spice and as a traditional medicine, and today it is ubiquitous in most cuisines. Black Pepper is made from the plant’s unripened green drupes (stone fruit), which are called “peppercorns.” They are briefly boiled and dried or cooked. Native to southern and southeast Asia, Black Pepper’s use in Indian cooking dates to the first century BC, and it became popular across Europe during the Roman Empire. In ancient Greece, it was so valued that it was used as currency. The active constituent called Piperine is what gives Black Pepper its pungency.