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 root of the strawberry was once a popular remedy for diarrhoea and the stalks were used for wound care. The fruit was used in typhoid epidemics and the leaves were used for gout.
The wild strawberry belongs to the rosacea family and grows to about 20cm tall.