Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis

Oh how I love this herb. It grows in my garden with little help from me. I have tucked it in beds, here and there and each spring it returns, vibrant green. Beyond providing lovely green foliage and small white flowers that the bees love, this herb has several medicinal uses.

The first way I use the Lemon Balm is in a Lemon Balm Calm tincture. I love the amber color the tincture reaches when it is done. Many in my family and at Little Tree benefit from its calming effect.

The second way I use the herb is to infuse it in a carrier oil. I then use that oil to make lotion, salve and lip balm. Lemon Balm is often recommended to treat the herpes virus (cold sores or genital). With it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties, it is also good for acne. In general skin applications, lemon balm is considered calming, soothing, healing and tightening on the skin.

Finally, the herb is lovely steeped for tea – iced in the summer and when I sip a hot cup in the cold of winter, I get visions of the vibrant, green of spring.

An easy herb for beginner gardeners to grow and make herbal concoctions from.

FDA Disclaimer: These statements and the herb discussed have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult your healthcare provider.

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