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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

January 23, 2020

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

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;

1) citral

2) citronella 

3) geraniol

4) linalool

5) flavonoids 

6) polyphenols 

7) tannins

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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