Lemon Balm has a lot to offer as an alternative medicine and has particular benefit for individuals suffering from suffer from the symptoms of anxiety such as sleepless nights and difficulty relaxing.
Often referred to as Bee Balm, this natural remedy can provide you with much needed relaxation in times of anxiety, settle a queasy stomach and provide you with a good night’s rest when counting sheep just won’t do the job.
In the old days, Lemon Balm was used by bee keepers to get bees to return to new hives. What those wise old bee keepers would do was crush the leaves of the plant and then rub these on the inside of new hives. This would encourage bees to return to the new hive and is how Lemon Balm got its nickname “Bee Balm”.
From the same family as mint, another lovely natural herbal remedy, it gets its name from its distinct lemon aroma and like mint, once it is established, it will grow prolifically, in abundant clumps and grow to be as tall as 3 feet high. If you’re growing your own, the plant likes lots of sun to begin with but, once it has a foothold, it will grow well in almost any condition.
Medicinal and Health Benefits of Lemon Balm
Let’s look at some of the plants natural medicinal and health benefits.
Treating Stress & Anxiety:
Lemon Balm is well known soothing qualities it has on the nervous system, and has an age-old tradition of treating the symptoms of stress and anxiety, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Difficulty relaxing
- Muscle tension and aches
- Upset stomach
Lemon Balm is effective in providing immediate, short term treatment for these symptoms, but because of its gentle efficacy, can also be used as a long term treatment to help with stress borne illness and lowering blood pressure.
Soothing Insect Bites and Sensitive Skins
Lemon balm ointments will ease itchy insect bites, sooth sensitive/traumatized skin and also to clean cuts and sores.
This is odd considering its longstanding affinitive relationship with bees, but if you’re a favorite snack for all sorts of insects, dabbing cooled off Lemon Balm tea onto exposed skin areas will actually ward off the critter and, save your hide in the itchy-bite season.