Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis
Lemon balm is a hardy perennial with toothed, oval light green leaves and small yellow white flowers. Lemon Balm prefers full sun and rich soils. Known by Greek and Romans long ago as a useful aid to revive spirits and chase away melancholy.
Known as one of nature’s most efficient antidepressants, the pure aroma of Lemon Balm is uplifting. It is a phenomenal nervine, nourishing and calming to the nervous system, thus helping conditions of anxiety, sleeplessness and even infections of the nervous system, like shingles, due to its antiviral compounds. Lemon Balm works directly with the thyroid, bringing balance to hyperthyroidism. It also has an action on the stomach, helping digest foods and dispel gas. A lovely herb with a positive nature, Lemon Balm is strong and gentle in action, well-suited for children and the elderly. It is especially beneficial for overactive children.
- Reduces stress
- Calms the nerves
- Regulates hyperactive thyroid
- Useful in treating nervousness and overexcitement
- Helps fight cold and flus
- Treats cold sores and herpes
- Improves appetite and indigestion