Lemon Balm not only smells lovely but it is used for so many things. It is a perennial member of the mint family and has proven to benefit the nervous system. Lemon balm is a soothing, sedative herb that can relieve tension and improve depression. An infusion of this citrus-scented herb will improve digestion, reduce fever, ease spasms, and enhance relaxation. The plant has anti-histaminic properties and helps with allergies. Lemon balm has been used for centuries to calm the mind and improve the memory. It has helped relieve pre-menstrual tension and cramping. It helps promote good digestion and relieves the discomfort of colic. It can ease one into a peaceful sleep. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Used externally as a skin wash, this herb can ease the sting of an insect bite. It also soothes cold sore eruptions and can treat wounds. Lemon balm's highly aromatic qualities make it a good insect repellent. It is also valued in aromatherapy to relax and soothe a troubled mind. Fresh leaves are often added to salads, or used with fish, mushroom, and cheese dishes. In France, this herb is used in making cordials, and is called Tea de France.
My name is Dawn Durow. I am a Professional Herbalist. I have a passion for natural healing and using herbs for health and wellness. I use locally grown, wild crafted and organic herbs in my practice.