Lemon Balm is one of the safest, most user-friendly herbs available to us. Safe for all ages, beneficial for a multitude of complaints, and it tastes nice in tea.
Lemon Balm has been around for a long time. Our ancestors have cultivated this beloved herb for over 2000 years. Melissa, its Latin name, is the Greek word for honeybee, as it was believed to attract honeybees. Swiss herbalist and alchemist Paracelsus (1493-1541) called Lemon Balm the “Elixir of Life”, as it is helpful for so many things. Herbalist John Evelyn (1620-1706) claimed this herb is “sovereign for the brain, strengthening memory, powerfully chasing away melancholy.”
I often think of Lemon Balm as a “break-even” herb. If you’re down in the dumps, it can help uplift you. If your energy is scattered all over the place, Lemon Balm can be calming, consolidating to mental energies. It’s neither sedative nor stimulant; instead, it can help you find your “sweet spot”. Lemon Balm is just plain good. It is on my list of top Go-To herbs, and is added to many of our tea formulas.
Even though it doesn’t taste minty, it’s a member of the Mint family. Plants in the Mint family have a few things in common:
- They support the nervous system
- They help people with stress
- They often help ease digestion, due to the volatile oils
- People have used them for hundreds of years to help manage the symptoms of cold, flu, and fever
Some of the main and most important uses of Lemon Balm include:
- depression, sadness
- anxiety, nervousness
- postpartum blues
- nervous tension
- nervous indigestion
- tension headaches; fevers, flu
- herpes outbreaks (addresses accompanying stress)
- Graves disease, hyperthyroid
- topically applied to herpes 1 & 2 outbreaks, as well as shingles and chicken pox
Because Lemon Balm is such a safe herb, it can be used freely, with the exception of during pregnancy, when minimal to moderate amounts are used. If you garden, it can be used fresh; the lemony fragrance is awesome. The aroma dissipates somewhat upon drying, but is still fresh, light, with a mild lemony sweetness.
Lemon Balm tea is a great way to wind up your day. Adults can drink the tea freely. Make a quart each morning and sip throughout the day, or brew a cup any time you need to calm, focus your attention, or lift your spirit.
Something To Try Before Opting For Medication?
Because the flavor is so mild, children like it too, which is great because it can be one of the most helpful herbs for kids on the planet. Lemon Balm is a favorite of parents of kids diagnosed with ADD. While there is no such thing as a miracle cure for anything, Lemon Balm is a reliable remedy, and can be tried prior to putting kids on medication.
It can be given in the morning, before going to school, again when they get home, and one last time before bed. The tea or tincture is used, alone, or in combination with other herbs. Lemon Balm is the main ingredient in our ADD Calm and ADD Focus formulas.
Tea for really hyper kids:
Steep one teaspoon Lemon Balm and one teaspoon Chamomile in 12 ounces hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain. Blend in ¼ cup apple juice, serve warm. Instead of apple juice, you can substitute almond or coconut milk and honey to taste.
Lemon Balm Moon Tea
The idea of making a Moon tea night sound a little strange to some people, but it’s actually no kookier than making a sun tea; you just make this kind at night. Why make Lemon Balm Moon tea you might ask? Because steeping Lemon Balm in the moonlight seems to bring out its calming, soul-refreshing properties more than any other method.
To make, you will need:
- 1 quart glass jar, with lid
- 4 to 6 tablespoons Lemon Balm
Place Lemon Balm in the glass jar. Fill with cool water. Place out in the moonlight. Let it steep overnight. Bring your tea inside before the first rays of the sun reach the tea. Strain out the leaves. Sip the tea cool through the day.
You can make extra to use to rinse your face, hands, and feet. There is nothing in the world like this experience. The tea is so cool and refreshing to the body and spirit, I recommend that people try it at lease once.
Tincture is another easy way to take Lemon Balm, if you don’t have time or ability to make the tea. Adults can take 10 drops to 1 teaspoon as needed for acute anxiety, stress, scatteredness, depression. For chronic issues, long term stress, or just to maintain a “Lemon Balm Calm”, take 1 to 2 droppers of the tincture, 3 times daily.
Parents can use Lemon Balm tincture for kids as well. Add 5 to 10 drops of the tincture to water or juice. You can even hide the flavor in a little applesauce or honey. As strong as tinctures can taste, once kids get used to it, they often don’t mind and might even look forward to their drops.
There aren’t that many herbs that I consider to be for just about everybody. Lemon Balm is definitely one of them!
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