Lemon Balm was cultivated in the Mediterranean region about 2000 years ago.
Lemon Balm is anti-viral; the hot tea promotes a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flu’s and fevers.
One of Lemon Balm’s main qualities is as a soother or calmer, it calms a nervous stomach, aids indigestion and colic and reduces flatulence. It has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. As this is a very gentle herb it is often suggested for children.
Lemon Balm’s anti-histamine action is useful to treat eczema and headaches and placing the fresh leaf on insect bites and wounds can reduce their pain or itch. The essential oil can be used rubbed into the skin (mixed with a carrier oil such as Almond oil) or in a diffuser to relieve respiratory symptoms such as asthma, bronchitis and chronic coughs. The essential oil is very expensive so you will buy it blended with a carrier oil.