I love the smell of Lemon Balm. It’s fresh, crisp and clean scent just makes me smile. This spring I moved some lemon balm to a new bed edging the Cackleberry Inn. It must have liked it’s new home because it has exploded! This is a good thing since the Goats and Guineas absolutely love it!
The reason I lined the side of the Cackleberry Inn with this lovely plant is it detours rodents. Yep, those little thieves called mice do not like Lemon Balm. Well, I want to plant it everywhere now! Now I learn it has so many more benefits that I think it is becoming my favorite herb.
According to The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable;
“BALM (Melissa officinalis. Labiatae) This is a woodland plant distinguished by its hairy, serrated foliage and whorls of creamy, hooded flowers. Very attractive to bees – the plant’s name is derived from bee. Rubbed inside and outside of new beehives, it persuades bees to settle. It possesses tannin. This plant possesses strong tonic properties, especially good for the brain area. The Arabs say that if gives intelligence to all animals who feed upon it. It also cures palpitations of the heart. It helps to bring down retained after-birth. It is a valuable remedy for eye ailments. the whole plant is used. The great medieval herbalist, Paracelsus, considered that balm prolongs life of man and animals. The long-lived Welsh prince, Llewellyn of Glamorgan, drank a tea of balm daily and reached a near one hundred and ten years.
Use: Treatment of nervous and brain disorders; heart derangements; retained after-birth; uterine disorders. To promote sweating, to increase mild yield, and to prevent miscarriage.
Dose: Feed several handfuls daily, morning and night.”
From Medical Medium;
“Lemon balm tea has been called the “Elixir of Life” due to its incredible anti-viral, anti-bacterial, digestive, and sedative properties. Incredibly, it also has high levels of antioxidants which substantially increases its ability to heal and work effectively. Lemon Balm contains a compound called terpene which has the ability to help relieve anxiety, stress, hypertension, depression, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, heart palpitations, tension headaches, circulatory issues, and cognitive disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease. Lemon Balm also benefits chronic gastrointestinal disorders including indigestion, IBS, colitis, and acid reflux. Lemon Balm has the ability to promote a healthy, balanced immune system and endocrine system, which is highly beneficial for autoimmune disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis, and Vertigo. It is also useful in treating insomnia, sleep disturbances, and jittery nerves, allowing for a more relaxed body and better quality sleep. The polyphenol tannins contained in Lemon Balm give it its anti-viral properties making it particularly helpful in healing colds, flu, bronchitis and any viral infections. Topically, Lemon Balm can be applied as a cream to help heal and provide relief for cold sores and shingles as well as cuts and wounds. Essentially, Lemon Balm is a heal-all herb and has rightfully earned its reputation as the “Elixir of Life”. As a delicious and refreshing drink, Lemon Balm tea can be added to your weekly health regime for a wide range of healing benefits. Fresh or dried herb can be steeped in hot water for a minimum of ten minutes and sweetened with raw honey, if desired.”
For more about Lemon Balm, check out my Lemon Balm Pinterest Board where I collect more ideas and info about this fascinating herb.