Herb Spotlight: Lemon Balm

Herb Spotlight

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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What’s In My Cup? Blissed Out Post Yoga Edition

What's In My Cup?

I took the most delicious yoga class yesterday, seriously I have not felt that mushy and strong at the same time in my whole life. The class was feminine based and focused on moon salutations as opposed to sun salutations. I’d like you to know that I slept better last night than I have in years, and I ate TONS of sugar yesterday since I was baking those epic whoopie pies. I almost wanted more coffee when I got home, but I decided I would make a cup of tea to keep vining on the super blissed out feelings that I was already feeling.

A naturopath in town makes herbal tonics with a  pitcher plant base, that is what is in my joint and muscle tonic. Today we’re going to look into the tea, but keep an eye out for a spotlight post not the herbs in the Joint and Muscle tonic that I listed below. Also keep an eye out because I intend to write about my yoga experience as well… it was just that good!

This blend will aide in relieving:

  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • ADHD
  • nausea
  • auto immune oriented thyroid issues
  • inflammation

Simply Mix Together:

1 TB dried Lavender

1/5 TB dried Lemon Balm

1 tsp Joint and Muscle Tonic

Put the dried herbs into your tea ball and the tonic into the bottom of the cup. Once water has boiled pour 6-8 oz of water over your tea ball and the tonic, stir until you see the tonic disperse into the water. Let steep 5-15 minutes depending on your own personal preferences. Enjoy this blend at any time, during a lazy afternoon as the monsoon comes in (which is how I enjoyed mine) or in the evening before bed. The flavor profiles will be mellow and floral with a sweet citrus undertone. There is some alcohol in the tonic, so be weary if you are sensitive to alcohol.

Sit with your warm cup, let the aromas of relaxation wash over you and meditate on this mantra: I cultivate my own garden. 

What’s In My Cup?

What's In My Cup?

Today’s blend is inspired by my boyfriend as I blended it specifically for him. This one embodies earthy flavors and focuses on detoxing and fortifying the immune system. This can be an evening or daytime cup but is low on energy rising herbs. This blend will nourish the liver and help the body to process other vital nutrients, it will also aid in digestion.

Brew up a cup if it has been a snowy Spring season like it has here in Flagstaff to avoid getting a cold. Or just throw these herbs together to start your day by awakening your immune system.

This specific blend will aid in the following:

  • Immune System Boosting
  • Digestive Aid
  • Relaxation

Simply Mix Together:

1 TB Chamomile

1/2 TB Dandelion Root

1/4 TB Lemon Balm

1/2 TB Purple Echinacea

I have a tea ball but you can put this mixture into a one time use tea bag also. In hot water steep for about 8-15 minutes depending on personal preference.

Hold your cup and meditate on the following mantra: Be easy, Go slowly.