Herbs of importance – Lemon Balm
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic).
Early herbalists and writers praised lemon balm for its medicinal and uplifting qualities. Eleventh century Persian physician and philosopher Avicenna was an early advocate for the use of lemon balm in treating depression/melancholy. According to an old Arabian proverb, “Balm makes the heart merry and joyful.”
Medicinal uses of Lemon Balm
- As a mosquito repellent.
- Treating herpes.
- To treat insect bites.
- To treat soars.
- indigestion due to nervous tension.
- digestive upset in children.
- mild insomnia.