It is an excellent remedy for studying also, to enhance concentration and soothe
stress or exam nerves and can relieve nervous headaches and neuralgia.
She has an affinity for the digestive system, calming tension and soothing irritation and inflammation.Taken
as a tea or tincture, Lemon balm is great for nervous indigestion,
colic, wind, nausea, diarrhoea and stress-related digestive disorders.
Lemon balm also calms the heart and relaxes spasms in the reproductive system, so great for moontime spasms and pain. It can relieve symptoms of PMS also.
In hot tea, she reduces fevers, clears nasal congestion, and is an excellent remedy for infections, both bacterial and viral, such as herpes and mumps.
Lemon balm also acts as an antihistamine for allergies such as hay fever and eczema.
Spiritually/Emotionally: This plant is strongly associated with the emotional self, and the divine feminine. Recommended to “make the heart merry,” and lift the spirits, popular to use during cold, dark winters to lift the spirits and ease seasonal depression. Also used to connect with divine Goddess energy.
Drink lemon balm tea 30 minutes before bed to help with insomnia, to relax and unwind or to ease an uneasy tummy.
To make a tea: Use 1 Tbspn of fresh herb to 1 cup of hot water and leave to steep for 10-15 mins. Drink it as is or add a tspn of honey if you prefer.
Melissa Tea Blend:
Combine and prepare as an infusion 3 parts lemon balm, 1 part borage flowers, 1 part chamomile, 1 part lemon verbena and 1 part St. Johns Wort. This infusion is relaxing and gently stimulating. It increases energy in the system by helping release energy blocks and stress.
Combine and prepare as an infusion 2 parts lemon balm, 1 part feverfew and 1 part lavender. Drink 1/4 cup every 30 minutes until the headache is gone.
Lemon balm honey:
With its lovely flavor, lemon balm can be used to make an herbal honey. Chop lemon balm leaves coarsely and pack into the bottom of a glass jar. Pour honey over them until topped by an inch of honey. Make sure all plant parts are submerged and cover with a lid. Check on the jar every day, making sure that all of the herb is under the honey. Fresh lemon balm has a high water content and will go bad if exposed to air. You can try wilting the lemon balm for a day on the counter before making the honey. After about a month, you can strain out the herbs, or leave them in the jar if you prefer. Use your herbal honey on scones and freshly baked bread, and in tea. The honey preserves the medicinal benefits of the lemon balm. Try making an herbal honey with both lemon balm and thyme. Delicious together, and medicinal too – lifting the spirits and supporting the respiratory system.