Lemon Balm

Oct 9, 2011   //   by Nellie Nature   //   Herbs & Nutrition  //  No Comments

Melissa officinalis  – Lemon Balm

Part used – Dried aerial parts, or fresh in season

To Prepare –Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2-3 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb or 4-6 fresh leaves and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes, well covered until drunk. A cup of this tea should be taken in the morning and the evening, or when needed.ALso a great herb for kids as it tastes yummy.

I even add this one to my risottos as it has wonderful lemony mint flavour.

Indications – Lemon Balm is an excellent carminative herb that may relieve spasms and wind in the digestive tract, so things like colic, indigestion, flatulence.  Herbalists use it  commonly as part of the treatment for anxiety and sold sores.

This one is great to make us feel calmer and happy.  It may also help relieve nervous insomnia, tenseness, irritability.

Contradicated in Hypothyroidism