Melissa officinalis, a definite favourite herb of ours, is known for its lemony aroma and taste, originating from the volatile oil it contains. A perennial herb, it grows indigenously in the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia, but is cultivated the world over.
In traditional medicine, oral administration of Lemon Balm is recommended for the treatment of gastrointestinal complaints and disturbed sleep due to is properties as both a carminative and sedative.
Carminative herbs work to soothe the lining of the gut, ease cramping and griping pains, and reduce the build-up of gas and therefore bloating. Meanwhile, sedatives are known for relaxing and calming the body.
Lemon Balm is also known for its properties as an anti-viral and anti-spasmodic herb, suitable for fighting viruses and relaxing muscles.
Asthma, coughs, toothache and migraine headaches are all presentations thought to benefit from Lemon Balm's beneficial effects according to traditional folk medicines.
Scientific evidence also proves that Lemon Balm may be used effectively for the topical treatment of the herpes viruses.
We use Lemon Balm in our Tummy Tea as the perfect herb for calming a nervous tummy whilst supporting overall gut health and digestion. As an added bonus, this herb contributes a beautiful taste to the blend.
Reference: World Health Organisation (WHO) Herbal Monographs.