Lemon Balm Herbal Remedies
Lemon balm works mainly as a gentle sedative and digestive aid. It is beneficial for fevers, flatulence, painful menstruation, and to relieve tension. It calms the nervous system and relieves tension and insomnia. Lemon balm has a particularly beneficial effect on nervous stomach with symptoms such as heartburn and knots in the stomach. As a powerful antiviral, a tea concentrate, not the essential oil, is used internally and externally to treat cold sores, genital herpes, and oral herpes sores. Its appealing flavor makes it useful for acute children's ailments. Commercial creams are made of a watery extract of the plant to treat herpes lesions, as well as for colds and flu. The essential oil of lemon balm is effective for melancholy and depression. Lemon Balm has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of COOL.
Lemon Balm Proper Dose
|Lemon Balm Infusion||1 cup 2-3 x daily|
|Lemon Balm Tincture||1 dropperful 2-3 x daily|
Lemon Balm Reference Information
|Latin Name||Melissa officinalis|
|Herb Forms||Tincture, essential oil, bulk herb.|
|Affects||Digestive system, Nervous system|
|Botanical Info||A fragrant annual herb from the mint family with lush green foliage and white flowers.|
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