Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Lemon BalmLemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) is a perennial herb with pleasant lemony aroma, commonly known as Melissa and as one of the best herbal remedies for reducing nervous tension, soothing and promoting sleep. Melissa originates from Europe, but now it is cultivated around the world. It has been used for centuries not only for a vast variety of therapeutic properties and benefits. In particular, it was used to spice the wines or as a source for excellent honey production. In our epoch, it found its use in cosmetics, medicine and even polish manufacturing.

This herbal remedy is usually taken in the form of tea, which can provide us with a lot of useful nutrients: antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, essential oils, protocatechuic acids and others. In addition to calming, relaxing and soothing properties, Lemon balm benefits also include antiviral, antibacterial and antispasmodic powers of this herb. The list of Lemon balm benefits is quite long:

  • This herb is used as a sedative to reduce anxiety and lower the effects of stresses. It is possible to dramatically increase the effectiveness of Lemon Balm by combining it with other calming herbs like chamomile, Valerian root, etc.
  • Lemon Balm BenefitsIt is an effective remedy to treat nerve pain.
  • Lemon Balm tea is an excellent sleep aid and can help anyone to combat insomnia.
  • As a reach source of antioxidants, Melissa can block the activities of free radicals and slow down aging processes in body.
  • Preliminary studies proved that Lemon Balm products may have cancer lowering properties.
  • Regular consumption of Lemon Balm tea can assist on reducing urinary spasms and menstrual cramps.
  • Lemon Balm can assist in hormone balance regulation as it has a power to block thyroid gland secretion.
  • It is recommended to use Melissa tea externally to treat a number of viral skin problems, including herpes.
  • Lemon Balm tea can be used to soothe all types of discomfort in stomach, caused by indigestion, bloating, gas and other similar problems.
  • Taking Melissa tea on a regular basis is reported to improve memory and cognitive function.
  • The herb can improve the condition of the people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Lemon Balm essential oil can be used in aromatherapy to relax muscular pains and cramps, relieving nausea and the symptoms of sore throat, and so on.
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