Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is an antiviral herb from the mint family that we grow organically, here on our farm.
The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma are used for making herbal teas and bath teas that offer a light sedative and are calming.
Using Lemon Balm up to 4 cups daily can reduce anxiety, promote better sleep and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that treatment with lemon balm safely and significantly decreased frequency of episodes and anxiety in patients with benign heart palpitations likely caused by psychological factors.
The tea has historically been used to treat digestive disorders and to alleviate pain including menstrual cramps and headaches.
Enjoy a nice lemony cup of Lemon balm with honey to sweeten. You may also include slices of fresh orange and lime to add a deeper citrus note. This is a wonderful herb to enjoy as a refreshing iced beverage and has no caffeine.
This herb may also be blended with Sencha green tea, Chamomile, Elderflower and also goes well with a few thin slices of fresh ginger root.Lemon balm may change thyroid function, reduce thyroid hormone levels, and interfere with thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Avoid large amounts of lemon balm if you have thyroid issues or disease.
Lemon balm may lower your blood pressure and therefore should be used with caution if you are taking medications with similar properties. It can also lower your blood sugar levels and people with diabetes should use lemon balm with care.
Use 1 tablespoon in 8 oz of "just"boiled hot water and steep while covered for 8 to 10 minutes before straining.
Each packet of loose tea offers 10 full Tablespoons total. ( leaf, stem & flower )