Cretan Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
The Lemon balm is a native of the Mediterranean region, France, and central and eastern regions of the USA. The herb has been used for more than 2,000 years as a revitalizer, which also earned it the nickname “the elixir of life”.
It is especially known for its uterine tonic, stomachic, sedative, nervine, hypotensive, febrifuge, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, cordial, aromatic, antiviral, antispasmodic, antidepressant, and anodyne properties.
Besides being an excellent revitalizer, the tea of Lemon balm is excellent for colds ad fever and most viral infections. It will help with cold sores and helps prevent mumps and shingles.
It is a well-recognized heart tonic, that improves blood circulation, lowers high blood pressure, and reduces heart palpitations. It is also beneficial for insect bites and light wounds.
Highly acclaimed as a sedative, the Lemon balm combined with valerian can be as good if not better than any sleeping aid prescription. It is very effective at calming nerves and its analgesic properties make it good for treating menstrual cramps, heart spasms, nervous stomach, and colic pains. It is safe and hence, it can be safely administered to children and infants.
The herb is also effective in the treatment of Grave’s disease as has the ability to inhibit the hormones that stimulate the thyroid gland. Lemon balm is also helpful for treating migraine, depression, anxiety, shock, nervous tension, and vertigo.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!