This lemony scented herb comes from the same family as aromatic mint. It grows native to Europe, South Africa, and West Africa, but can be found almost anywhere. For generations, lemon balm has been used as an antibacterial, to treat pain and infection, and to improve mental health.
Recent studies have shown that consuming lemon balm can relieve stress and anxiety, and improve mood and cognitive function. Patients who consumed lemon balm tea regularly experienced a calmer mood allowing them to focus better and showed improvement in memory and concentration. Patients with anxiety who either consumed lemon balm as a tea or took advantage of its aromatic properties showed significant improvement with symptoms including inability to focus, tension headaches, insomnia, and indigestion. Children with symptoms of ADD and ADHD showed improvement with focus and impulse control when given a safe dosage of this brain restorative herb. The healing powers of lemon balm lie within its scent. The chemical compounds help to calm heightened senses and tense muscles.
When used as an aromatic, lemon balm can also help to lower triglycerides assisting in burning calories and maintaining a healthy body weight.
Lemon balm is also a great natural remedy to help minimize menstrual cramps and headaches brought on by PMS. It has also been proven to treat the herpes simplex virus and cold sores helping to prevent outbreaks and heal them faster when they do occur. This miracle herb can also help to treat abdominal pain, nausea, and discomfort. Eating a lemon balm infused sorbet can help to treat symptoms associated with dyspepsia. Outside of menstrual and abdominal pain, lemon balm can be great for soothing an aching tooth as well. Infuse lemon balm with a carrier oil like jojoba and apply to the affected area.
Lemon balm is a natural antibiotic that is known to fight candida, herpes, and even cancer. It has been known to reduce inflammation and helps to manage an overactive thyroid. Regular consumption of lemon balm can also help to reduce blood sugar; although, it is not a substitute for insulin.
Just like any other plant or herbal supplement, lemon balm may cause an allergic reaction. It should also be noted that lemon balm can react negatively to hyperthyroid medications. Always consult a physician before starting a new regime.
-Kimberly Jones , June2020
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