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Lemon Balm Uses

Lemon Balm Uses

I’ve been looking up ways to use lemon balm since we have a ton of it growing next to our house. Also because learning to identify plants is one of the ways you can start homesteading today! and it turns out that lemon balm has been used medicinally since the 17th century.

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. Sometimes called “melissa”, (from the Greek word for “bees”) the shortened version of its botanical name, “Melissa officinalis”. I’m sure you can find an essential oil for it somewhere, but it is expensive because lemon balm yields very little oil. Plus, it takes a million little plant souls to make an essential oil, yet I digress. Also, remember this stuff is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease, and you try things at your own risk. Read my full disclaimer here.

Lemon Balm has been used to:

  1. reduce high blood pressure

  2. treat shock

  3. treat menstrual cramps (side note: I accidentally typed “meanstrual” the first time, and I was like, same thing right?)

  4. relieve anxiety

  5. treat eczema

  6. “lift” spirits, as in your mood, not dead people…aka relieve depression

  7. repel insects. Bees supposedly love the plant, but it can help to repel other pests

  8. treat mild stomach problems and settle the stomach

  9. treat cold sores/herpes; can help reduce them in 3-5 days and double the time from when they will come back (source)

It also had antibacterial and antiviral properties.

According to Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, beekeepers used to rub lemon balm on the inside of the hives to encourage a new swarm to stay. Super neat!

Sources:
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies. C. Norman Shealy MD. PhD.
  • The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism. Malcom Stuart.
  • Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Claire Kowalchick, William H. Hylton, et. al.
  • http://www.lemonbalmcream.com/medicinal_uses.html
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