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Lemon Balm ~ Melissa Officinalis

Lemon Balm ~ Melissa Officinalis

Renowned for its impact on the nervous system, digestion, and antiviral prowess, this easy to grow plant is taking over the garden right now, at the perfect time to combat the rush & busyness of this upcoming season. Now is the perfect time to make yourself a hot cuppa with Lemon Balm.

Melissa Officinalis boasts an extensive array of medicinal virtues, notably:

  • Gentle nervine effects, making it a therapeutic ally for addressing:
    • Anxiety
    • Nervous tension
    • Stress
    • Depression
    • Headaches
    • Insomnia
    • Restlessness induced by fatigue

A cup of Lemon Balm tea before bedtime can work wonders in promoting a restful night's sleep.

  • Potent antiviral attributes, aiding in the treatment of conditions such as cold sores and the herpes virus (I add it to lip balms for this reason).

Additionally, it:

  • Facilitates digestion and alleviates stomach upsets
  • Exhibits anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Is employed in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease
  • Enhances mental acuity and memory
  • Possesses antioxidant capabilities
  • Acts as a robust antiviral, fortifying the body against colds, flus, and cold sores

In medieval times, Lemon Balm held symbolic significance, representing love and serving as a means of communication between lovers. Planted at doorsteps, it was believed to repel evil.

As a member of the mint family, Lemon Balm imparts delightful flavors to an array of beverages— hot infusions, refreshing cold drinks on a scorching day, and creative additions to cordials and cocktails. I enjoy pairing it with fresh mint from the garden.

Its leaves, roughly chopped, can freshen up summer salads, potato salads, or cucumber salads.

Rubbing the leaves on the skin serves as a natural insect repellent.

Lemon Balm is incredibly adaptable, thriving in a variety of soil types & has self seeded prolifcally all over my forest garden. With its clusters of tiny white flowers, it’s a beacon for pollinators like bees and butterflies.