Information on Lemon Balm

Latin NameMelissa officinalisphoto
Other NamesBalm
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, essential oil, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA fragrant annual herb from the mint family with lush green foliage and white flowers.
DescriptionLemon 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.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1 dropperful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Lemon Balm

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Herpesantiviralointment externally, tea or tincture internally
Mouth soresanti-viraltincture
Mumpsanti-viraltincture, tea, tablet
Shinglesantiviraltincture internally and externally
Viral infectionantiviraltincture, tablet, capsule
Digestion, poordigestive tonic, appetizertea, tincture

References

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