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Common Name: Lemon Balm (or balm, bee balm, melissa, melissa balm)
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Certified Organic Lemon Balm Summary
One of lemon balm’s first recorded uses was as a wine infused liniment applied for insect bites and stings. In the Middle Ages lemon balm was used to balance mood, encourage sleep, and promote healthy digestion and is still used this way today.
Lemon balm was traditionally used to uplift spirits and to increase and enhance memory and it was believed that a lemon balm bag put under a pillow would help promote sleep and when placed in the bath would encourage relaxation.
Lemon Balm Body Uses
This lemony scented herb can help the body in numerous ways. The citrus scent makes it delightful to put on the body. The lemony flavor means that the medicine is a pleasure to take internally.
Heal: Lemon balm has been studied as a remedy for cold sores and can be infused into oil for the making of a healing balm.
Soothe: Lemon balm helps relieve gas and heartburn making it a soothing addition to mint, ginger and other tummy soothing teas. Those tension headaches can often be soothed with a cup of lemon balm tea.
Bugs: Lemon balm repels mosquitoes. To try this repellent simply rub crushed leaves on exposed skin. Looking for a non-toxic, effective bug spray? Try Pronounce Skincare Bug Spray!
Lemon Balm Home Uses
Clean: As a mild anti-viral lemon balm makes for a great addition to homemade cleaners. Simply infuse the leaves in some vinegar and use that to clean normally.
Sleep: Because lemon balm is often used to treat insomnia, put dried leaves into dream pillows and tuck them under sleeping pillows to encourage a more restful night.
Bugs: Keep vases full of cut lemon balm on picnic tables to help repel mosquitoes while guests enjoy a cookout.
Lemon Balm As Food
Lemon balm does indeed have a light lemony flavor, but it comes without the acidity or sourness of the lemon fruit. This citrus flavor makes lemon balm an ideal herb for both sweet and savory dishes. Use lemon balm in any dish where actual lemons or lemon juice are included. Some ideas for putting it to use in the kitchen:
- Combine chopped lemon balm leaves with softened butter and spread on chicken before roasting.
- Toss fresh leaves into smoothies for a light lemon flavor, it’s particularly tasty in berry smoothies.
- Chop it finely and toss some into fruit salads, mix into yogurt, even use it in homemade cookies or jams.
- Toss fresh sprigs into iced tea for a light lemon flavor instead of using lemon slices. Try our delicious Lemon Balm Oat Straw Tea Recipe (ease stress and anxieties).
- Layer fresh leaves with salt or sugar in clean jars for infused flavor. Use the salt on chicken or fish. Sprinkle the infused sugar on cookies or in cakes.
Precautions: No known precautions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.