Herb Spotlight: Lemon Balm

I really enjoy Lemon Balm in my tea concoctions but I wasn’t sure what the medicinal benefits were aside from delicious lemon flavor. After doing some research I’ve found that Lemon Balm is actually extremely healing. It has been used for adults and children from anything to relieving a tummy ache to soothing menstrual cramps.

It is a perennial plant that is in the mint family that utilizes the leaves and flowering tops for health tonics. The calming herb is chalk full of antioxidants and pairs quite well with Valerian root. Unlike some of our other herbs this one has no known cautionary tales. If you are on a lot of medications it is likely you should speak with your doctor before using lemon balm but there is no known dangers. Pregnant women, nursing women or those using thyroid medication should be careful before using lemon balm.

Breakdown of Lemon Balm

Scientific Name: Melissa officinalis [aka: melissa, bee balm]

Parts Used: leaf, flowering tops and essential oil

Magickal Stats: Water element, ruled by the Moon

Improves Function of:

  • Digestive System
  • Circulatory Sytem

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart beat and Nervousness
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Pain of the head [headache, toothache etc.]
  • PMS [bloating, cramps etc.]

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Lighten the heart.
  • Attract love, healing or success

How Does it Work?

Lemon Balm contains eugenal, which calms muscle spasms, numbs tissue and kills bacteria. The herb has been around since the Middle Ages and has been used from everything to calming anxiety and nervousness to topically treating cold sores. It does work on it’s own but it works best with another calming herb such as valerian, hops and chamomile.

What Do I Do With It?

Leaf: The leaf is dried and used as normal in teas or to create a slow decoction. The flavor creates a delicious and healing beverage. The leaf can also be used in a topical extraction to help with cold sores, insect bites and most skin issues.

Essential Oil: Add to hot water to sweat out a fever, otherwise just take 30-40 drops, 2-5 times per day.

Flowering Tops: Create an essential oil or decoction and use in the same regard as above.

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