Lemon balm is a valued herb widely known to possess many calming properties. Extracted oils are taken from the leaves of the plant and used in a host of natural remedy products. The pungent and distinctive mild lemon aroma is often combined with other herbs, such as chamomile, to help enhance its relaxing properties. Lemon balm has also a range of other medicinal uses.
Lemon balm has been used for some time to help with a range of digestive issues such as upset stomach, bloating and as an aid against vomiting. It is also thought to aid menstrual cramps, headaches, toothaches and has even been associated with helping to elevate mental disorders such as hysteria and depression. This is because the herb is thought to possess certain mood lifting qualities. Taking advantage of the herb’s calming properties, the distinctive herb has also been used as an aid to sleeping problems and anxiety. It may also help to calm people suffering with hyperactivity disorders such as ADHD.
Lemon balm has further uses. It can also be applied to the skin to help combat insect bites and cold sores. From as far back as the Middle Ages, lemon balm was combined with wines and applied as a balm to treat venomous bites and stings. It was also widely used in the Mediterranean for the same purposes. Recent studies show that lemon balm may also possess antibacterial properties which have shown to be effective against the strains Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus auerus.
Why is lemon balm effective?
The leaves of this herb contain plant chemicals called terpenes and a substance called tannis. These are thought to be responsible for the herb’s relaxing and antiviral effect. Lemon balm also contains eugenol which is also responsible for its antibacterial properties. Eugenol can also be commonly found in extracted vanilla and nutmeg.
Other than its use for medicinal purposes, the herb’s natural distinctive scent works well in the garden in the same way as mint, from which it is closely related. It can also be likewise used in tea and also like mint, thrives in the garden. It can be used for culinary purposes to add a little zest to salads or other dishes. It is also very attractive to bees and is said to help produce fantastic honey. Alternatively, lemon balm extract is readily available from health shops or online suppliers, either on its own or combined with other extracted herbs, at reasonable prices.
It many ways, therefore, lemon balm could be considered something of an antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life. Invigorating and calming, helping people to sooth and unwind in the face of increasing workloads and pressures so prevalent in twenty-first century life.