Lemon balm was cultivated in the Mediterranean region about 2000 years ago. An effective anti-viral, lemon balm used as a 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 can be an effective treatment for anxiety and insomnia.
As this is a very gentle herb, lemon balm is often suggested for children.
Lemon balm’s antihistamine action is useful to treat eczema and headaches. Placing the fresh leaf on insect bites and wounds can reduce their pain or itch.
The essential oil can be rubbed into the skin (mixed with a carrier such as almond oil) or in a diffuser to relieve respiratory symptoms such as asthma, bronchitis and chronic coughs.