Lemon Balm leaves (dried, organic)
"Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy" - John Evelyn 1679
Melissa comes from the Greek for 'honey bee', and lemon balm has the same healing and tonic properties as honey and royal jelly.
Leaves - Infusion - Take for depression, nervous exhaustion, indigestion, nausea and the early stages of colds and influenza. Best made with fresh leaves.
Leaves - Tincture - Has a stronger but similar action to the infusion. Best made from fresh leaves. Small doses (5-10 drops) are usually more effective.
Leaves - Compress - Use a pad soaked in the infusion to relieve painful swellings, such as gout.
Leaves - Ointments - Use for sores, insect bites or to repel insects.
Leaves - Infused Oil - Use hot infused oil as the ointment or as a gentle massage oil for depression, tension, asthma and bronchitis.
Above information source - The Herb Society's Complete Medicinal Herbal book - Penelope Ody Mnimhn
Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.