Lemon balm is a plant also known as melissa, English balm and sweet balm. It is called lemon balm because its scent reminds of lemon, especially when the leaves are rubbed or crushed. Ancient beekeepers used lemon balm for rubbing on the beehives, so the bees would come back home and bring other bees with them. The medicinal properties of this herb have been known for centuries, and it has mostly been used ion form of a tea.
Health Benefits of Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea has been widely used for soothing the nerves thanks to its calming and relaxing properties. It acts as a mild sedative and it can be used as a natural way to beat insomnia. Lemon balm improves mood too, and it is recommended for people who suffer from anxiety and depression. In addition, regular consumption of this tea can reduce the pain associated with nerve problems.
This tea promotes good gastrointestinal health, cures many related problems and it also helps with liver and gallbladder disorders.
Lemon balm tea is also very beneficial for people who have problems with concentration, memory and cognitive processes, which is why it is recommended for elderly people but also for students, writers, scientists and similar.
This tea should be always present in every household, because it can be very helpful with common infective diseases like common cold and flu. It helps with fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, migraine, bronchitis, vertigo, dizziness and tinnitus.
Because of its toning effect on the heart and blood vessels, lemon balm tea regulates blood pressure and it is recommended for people who have hypertension.
How to Make Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm tea can be made from both fresh and dried leaves. They are available in all health food stores and in bigger supermarkets. Lemon balm is also easy to grow in the garden.
Lemon balm tea is made from one large bunch of young lemon balm and 300 milliliters of boiled water. The leaves should steep in the water for 10 minutes before straining the tea. The tea can be sweetened with honey or sugar or it can be drunk plain. A wedge of lemon goes great with this tea.
Lemon balm tea can be combined with mint, fresh or dried. This mixture tastes great and provides benefits from both medicinal herbs. Rose petals and orange blossom buds also go well with lemon balm.
Lemon balm tea can be combined with some brandy or whiskey and a few leaves of basil to make an excellent home remedy for common cold.