We are excited to bring you a series of posts that share the various benefits and uses of Lemon Balm.
Lemon Balm is known as a “calming” herb and is traditionally used to treat wounds, ease indigestion, stimulate the appetite, and combat anxiety, stress, and insomnia. You can use your newly harvested Lemon Balm to make simple medicinal tonics and personal care products to help with some common ailments. Here are a few!
What is Lemon Balm?
As some background, Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family that is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. This herb has been cultivated as a culinary and medicinal plant for more than 2,000 years. The leaves are antiviral and rich in antioxidants, which is why they are used in a variety of natural health medications and beauty products. Lemon Balm is safe to consume in regular culinary amounts or small medicinal doses.
Ailments & Remedies
Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or any healthcare provider. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare provider before trying any of the at-home remedies mentioned here.
Ailments: Upset stomach, Anxiety, Tension Headache, Menstrual Cramps
Remedy: Lemon Balm Tea
Start by boiling 2 cups of water. Then, carefully pick 2 teaspoons worth of fresh lemon balm leaves. Once picked, crush the leaves between your fingers to release the natural oil. Now, infuse the leaves with hot water for 5-10 minutes. After this time expires, the leaves can be strained and discarded. Drink one cup a day until symptoms subside.
The calming properties of the antioxidants and in this tea can reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. The sedative and analgesic properties, combined with some antispasmodic effects, can soothe the discomfort of painful periods, and also relieve the anxiety or mood fluctuations that often accompany menstruation. Lastly, according to the University of Michigan Health System, the terpenes–the constituent of lemon balm that produces the plant’s pleasant smell–are responsible for this herb’s relaxing and gas-relieving effects.
Ailment: Bug Bites and Bee Stings
Remedies: Crushed lemon balm leaves or bath
Crush half a cup of lemon balm leaves in a mortar and place the crushed leaves on your bug bite. The natural compounds in lemon balm will help ease inflammation, speed up healing & reduce the risk of infection.
If you experienced multiple bug bits, draw a bath and chop up a handful of lemon balm leaves and add them to the bath. The astringent component of lemon balm helps to decrease the swelling of the bite or sting site, which in turn, decreases pain and reduces irritation, itchiness, and the urge to scratch.
Ailment: Cold Sores
Remedy: Lemon Balm oil lip balm
This excellent tutorial on how to extract oil from the lemon balm plant’s leaves will walk you through how to create your own lip balm at home.
Remedy: Lemon Balm Cough Syrup
By combining lemon balm with other natural ingredients like ginger and lemon, learn how to make a natural cough syrup to help soothe coughs.
Grow your own Lemon Balm at home using our Grow Kit.