For centuries Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) was a natural remedy for melancholic moods and lethargy states, for strengthening memory and for boosting vitality.
However, until recently, it was considered a modest plant by the scientific world, with mild effects of digestive and nervous regulation.
Comprehensive studies of recent date, regarding the composition and actions of the plant revealed amazing properties:
- a strong antiherpetic effect
- an effective action on the thyroid gland in hyperthyroidism
- stimulates brain processes in Alzheimer's
- anti insomnia
The main actions on the nervous system, endocrine and digestive system make this plants currently a hope for a number of specific problems of modern civilization.
It resembles the appearance of Nettle (Urtica dioica), although belonging to different families. Lemon balm leaves are strong green, almost dark and also spread a pleasant smell like lemon fragrance when pressed between fingers.
The smell is due to a volatile oil rich in citral, citronellal, geraniol and linalool found in the leaves. Besides volatile oil, the leaves also contain tannin and a bitter Rezina.
Dozens of studies all over the world highlight its great therapeutic value, with multiple effects, both as a simple remedy and combined.
Lemon balm has sudorific effects, antipyretic (reduce body temperature), anti spastic properties (decreases contractions), carminative (soothes abdominal pain and expel gas from the intestine), coleretic (increases bile secretions), eupeptic (regulates stomach digestion), tonic and sedative.
1. Nervous system - Lemon balm brings good mood - reduces anxiety and depression.
Used occasionally in small doses, Lemon balm is an excellent nerve calming and is recommended against headaches that occur on the merits of stress and strain, against insomnia, digestive disorders associated with nervous disorders.
Used regularly, it is very good for digestive problems associated with stress such as loss of appetite, nausea, colic, colitis and gastritis. A light infusion may calm abdominal pain in children.
Lemon balm preparations are recommended as a prophylactic for diseases such as facial paresis, Parkinson's disease (early stages), Alzheimer's. It is a proven cure against spring asthenia and asthenia in general.
The experimental results regarding the use of Lemon balm to treat disorders such as depression, anorexia and bulimia, anxieties of all sorts have been more than encouraging. For sufferers of appetite disorders caused by stress it is recommended Lemon balm salad, which is said to work wonders for bulimics.
Use it in form of tincture or powder. It has invigorating effects on the psyche, favoring optimistic thinking, amplifying tone physically and mentally.
2. Hypertension. Through its action on the heart, Lemon balm calms palpitations and can help reduce hypertension.
Take powder, sublingual, 4 times a day. It is especially useful when hypertension is associated with stress and nervousness. You can use it in combination with other hypotensive herbs like Mistletoe (Viscum album), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) or Goosefoots (Chenopodium).
3. Hyperthyroidism. Studies have shown that Lemon balm extracts strongly inhibit the action of thyroid hormone in the body (TSH).
Use it preferably as powder, sublingual. Treatment lasts 4-6 months. The effects are much enhanced by the addition of Yellow Bedstraw (Gallium verum) powder .
If the sublingual administration is not supported, drink a combined infusion. 3 cups per day (before swallowing gargle for 2-3 minutes), in the course of two months followed by 2 weeks of rest. This remedy is good also for thyroid cancer because this plant has proven anti tumor effects.
4. Women hormonal disorders
Lemon balm has a calming action, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hormonal regulator in ovarian and uterine disorders such as dysmenorrhea, hypermenorrhea and menopause.
Clinical research done in Germany showed that administration of Lemon balm tincture regulates the menstrual cycle, being an excellent remedy against problems such nervousness and discomfort before menstruation, irregular menstrual cycle accompanied by abdominal pain, spams or headaches.
It is recommended a combination in equal proportions of Lemon balm tincture and Lady's mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) tincture. Take 6 teaspoons per day in course of four weeks. Or, you can drink a combined infusion.
1 l / 34 oz of combined infusion of Lemon balm taken daily helps combat most forms of rheumatism. It has an anti-inflammatory action on the joints, analgesic, slowing or even stopping the degenerative processes.
Grease the joints with Lemon balm oil. Add a little peppermint essential oil - 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 teaspoon of Lemon balm oil.
6. Gastrointestinal Diseases. Fermentation colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), enteritis. Lemon Balm is recommended for stomach problems because the herbal tea tones the stomach and facilitate digestion.
7. Hepatobiliary disorders. Lemon balm combined infusion is an excellent cure for biliary dyskinesia (lazy gall) and cholecystitis and an adjuvant for biliary lithiasis (cholelithiasis).
Drink 1 cup of concentrated combined infusion per day.
8. Antiviral action of Lemon balm is effective against flu, herpes, warts and mumps.
The viruses that cause herpes type I and type II (mouth and genital herpes) are destroyed by a complex of substances secreted by this plant.
Internally: drink 6 teaspoons of tincture per day or 1 l / 34 oz of Lemon balm combined infusion per day.
Externally: put compresses with combined infusion or, better, poultices with Lemon balm, on the places affected by herpes. Five minutes after you remove the compress, oil the skin with propolis tincture to speed up healing.
Concentrated combined infusion applications speeds up healing time of herpes lesions and also lead to increased duration of episodes of this disease manifestation. it is recommended that you follow the treatment for at least 3 months.
It works as an adjuvant for flu virus infection, bacterial and fungal infections. Drink 1 cup of infusion combined. 2 times per day.
9 Antibacterial and antihistaminic action of Lemon balm is also effective against colds and allergies
Hot Lemon balm tea helps the body to sweat, lowers fever and also improves catarrh congestion and sinusitis. The antibacterial and antihistamines action makes Lemon balm an excellent remedy in cases of infections and allergies, including colds and ocular inflammation
10. Lemon balm and ... youth without old age
Lemon balm has a favorable effect against a Alzheimer's - a disease of old age. Lemon balm improves memory and the entire nervous system activity, it is a powerful antioxidant. In other words, it helps keep youth of all cells in the body, annihilating free radicals (molecules in blood that are responsible for aging tissues).
Lemon balm is called "Schoolers Grass" because it stimulates mental capacity, concentration and memory. Herbal tea is recommended for pupils and students during exams.
11. Lemon balm can also be used to heal wounds (in baths) because of its cicatrization property.
In case of itching, damp eczema, wounds, ulcers, leg ulcers - wash with concentrated combined infusion 2-4 times a day.
Avoid treatment with Lemon balm if you are using sedatives and synthesis painkillers.
This plant will not be given, especially long-term and medium or large doses to patients suffering from hypothyroidism.
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