Few people have heard of lemon balm, and yet it could potentially solve most of your problems.
Sleepless nights, digestive issues, stress or indigestion: we all struggle with something…usually more than one thing, if anything. Yet, rarely do we find a remedy that helps us alleviate many things at once. If you struggle with any of the aforementioned and more, and you are looking for a more natural approach to combatting these issues, you might want to give lemon balm (otherwise referred to as Melissa Officinalis, bee balm, or honey balm) tea leaf a try. You can talk to your doctor about getting the pill form or extract as well.
If you so please, you can even find lemon balm growing naturally. Lemon balm is actually a naturally (if not commonly) occurring herb that stems from the mint family.
Thus, it has a very similar pallet to the mint leaf… with the exception of its citris-eque aftertaste.
Attention: if you are taking other medications or have an underlying health condition (such as Thyroid issues or Grave’s Disease), it is best to ask a medical professional before adding lemon balm leaf to your diet or to avoid it.
You know it’s good when the people used it centuries ago for a mood boost, wounds, and bloating.
There are many benefits to drinking this unusual leaf regularly. For one, it has been proven very effective against severe menstrual cramping. According to healthline, studies suggest that lemon balm mitigates the effects of premenstrual syndrome.
Lemon Balm, like chamomile also helps ease insomnia and relax consumers, according to the NIH. It is even said to have a more potent effect when combined with chamomile itself!
Following it’s winning streak insomnia, it’s quite logical that studies would also reflect how lemon balm improves cognition and helps ease symptoms of anxiety, according to the National Library of Medicine. So if you’re someone that struggles with anxiety and prolonged stress, you might want to add this to your list of remedies as it may very well prove beneficial.
It is also effective against indigestion according to Mount Sinai! The herb is a natural muscle relaxant as well as having anti-inflammatory components, for this reason, it relaxes the stomach, helps ease bloating and nausea in addition to and soothing a tummy ache.
Studies suggest that lemon balm can help mitigate symptoms of Alzheimer’s in combatting irritability. This is one of lemon balm’s many cognitive benefits.
Lemon balm tea also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing skin elasticity. This is due to the herb being rich in antioxidants! So if you’re serums aren’t working, drinking this tea has proven successful in many clinical trials, evidently, according to the NIH.
This super-herb is also remarkably anti-viral… especially when fighting against viruses in some sexually transmitted diseases. This might be effective if you are fighting off a common flu or if you need to take on an additional remedy for symptoms of a STD. Similarly, it can be used to help treat cold sores.
Please note: if you are not taking additional medications or grappling with other underlying health conditions, such as Grave’s Disease or Thyroid issues, do abstain from incorporating lemon balm into your diet.
That being said, for anyone else, lemon balm might be of use to your regimen… especially for those with an overactive, anxious mind, severe period cramping, flue symptoms, cognitive struggles, and finally, the occasional upset stomach.
It’s no doubt that a cup of lemon balm here and there could naturally alleviate many of your daily issues without the same strain that a pain killer could have on your liver. It is worth the investigation to see if this naturally occurring medicine is the right path for you!