I have a fondness for this herb as it was the first herbal tincture I made (all by myself!) from my own fresh plant. I have since used it in teas, glycerites and cooking as well.
Why? Well for all it's medicinal qualities of course!
Lemon Balm is well known for it's soothing and calming effects. Need to de-stress, or stave off that panic attack?!?!?! Reach for Lemon Balm. Many people take it as a non-addictive sleep aid. It's relatively mild when used with respect and safe for children and pregnant/nursing mamas.
Lemon Balm is also anti-viral and antibacterial. The tincture applied topically can help relieve cold sores, canker sores and herpes. I've been studying it a lot lately as my grandmother has issues with hyper-thyroidism and (like her granddaughter) is reluctant to just take her prescribed medication. She's worried about the other side effects prescription drugs can bring. I am hoping some natural Lemon Balm Glycerite will seem more like a treat to her and she'll take it since studies have shown that it has potent anti-thyroid activity without all the nasty side effects.
As if that isn't enough, Lemon Balm is also a wonderful bug repellent! Just crush the fresh leaves and rub them on your exposed arms/legs to ward of the biting bugs, or make a poultice and place it on a fresh bug bite to lessen the sting and promote quick healing.
Have I convinced you to go plant some in your own backyard? You should...it's a pretty hardy little plant and will continue to grow for you after you harvest it. In fact I was planning on sharing some cuttings like I talked about here, but now I've harvested it for my glycerite, so I am afraid my friends will have to wait a few more months for their friendship Lemon Balm!
My poor little F has a dentist appointment coming up and she is having some anxiety about it. You see she fell and hit her front tooth when she was only 2 years old. The dentist said we'd have to watch it and if it turned grey (meaning the nerve had been damaged) we'd have to get it pulled. Well, it went grey late last year and we had to have it extracted. :( Needless to say she's not been a huge fan of the dentist since.
I was all out of Lemon Balm glycerite, so I decided to make up a batch so I could have it on hand to calm her nerves. Normally I like to give young children herbal remedies as simple teas, but sometimes you just don't have time to wait for an infusion, ya know?
E was my little harvest helper
Crooked Moon Apothecary as soon as it's ready (along with some other goodies). Better put yours on hold now, this yummy herbal medicine goes quickly.