Lemon balm is a hardy herb that can easily be grown in any garden. Known for its healing properties lemon balm can be used in teas, used as a garnish and can even heal cuts and bruises. If you suffer from arthritis, have trouble sleeping or get anxiety—lemon balm could be the solution for you. This common herb will not only attract bees to your garden but also has a number of anti-viral properties to keep you healthy in the flu season.
A few reasons for using this helpful herb are as follows:
For many years lemon balm has been known to aid with sleep. The active ingredient of eugenol, not only promotes sleep but works as an anti-bacterial and numbing agent. The numbing agent can help relieve pain and also prevent muscle spasms and sleeping problems.
To reap the benefits of lemon balm make your own sleepy time tea. Do this by simmering 3/4 lemon balm in 1 1/2 cups of water. When the liquid is reduced by half, strain it out and serve while hot.
Lemon balm has been found to improve memory and problem-solving capabilities. Studies have even shown patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have seen improvements through the use of a concentrated lemon balm solution.
Lemon balm is a great herb for protecting the liver from toxins and harmful free radicals. Its natural antioxidant properties improve overall body functioning and the eugenol and rosmarinic acid contained in lemon balm support healthy brain aging.
For centuries lemon balm has been used as an effective solution for stomach issues. The oils contained in lemon balm help relax muscles in the stomach which relieves cramps, gas, and nausea. Simply drink some lemon balm tea slowly to relieve your symptoms.
The antiviral properties of lemon balm make it an effective treatment for cold sores and cuts. To treat cold sores, combine 2 tbsp of olive oil with 1 tbsp of beeswax along with 8 drops of peppermint essential oil and 8 drops lemon balm oil. Heat the mixture over a boiling pot and apply when cooled. Lemon balm is also a great preventative measure against viruses, like the flu.
On top of helping you sleep scientists have discovered that taking lemon balm with valerian helps reduce anxiety and stress levels. It works by stimulating certain receptors to produce a relaxing effect.
If you are looking for something else to put in your garden, why not try some lemon balm for a change!