Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Common name Lemon Balm

Latin name Melissa Officinalis

Parts used leaves, flowers


System affinities

Lemon Balm finds uses in nearly all body systems.


Energetics/characteristics/dosha

Lemon balm is cooling, moistening, and relaxing.  It acts as a nervine tonic, helping tp relieve stress and anxiety.  It is also antimicrobial, demulcent, and analgesic.  It is indicated for all doshas, though particularly effective for pita excess.


Taste/Quality

Lemon Balm is sweet and slightly bitter.


Indications

Lemon Balm is indicated for helping to stimulate digestion and relieve gastric pain such as bloating, IBS and nausea.  It also helps to combat invasive organisms on the digestive tract thereby enhancing immunity. 

For nervous system applications it is a sedative and analgesic helping to reduce tension and agitation.  It is indicated for headaches, migraines and vertigo.

Lemon Balm can calm nervous heart palpitations and help reduce blood pressure.  It is often indicated for respiratory infections due to its anti spasmotic, antimicrobial, demulcent and analgesic properties.


Warnings/contraindications

Avoid with thyroid drugs.


History/lore

In folklore, Lemon Balm was used to ward off evil, promote good health, and promote good cheer. Lemon Balm sachets placed under your pillow or near the bed are reputed to provide a refreshing, relaxing sleep.


Habitat

Habitat Lemon balm is grown in all over the world. It is native to North Africa, South and Central Europe, Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. 


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