The oil, tea, and tincture have been used for its calming effects on the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems. It has also been used as an addition to bug repellants. Lemon balm is also a favorite for sleeping problems.
Lemon balm has been used for allergies, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, colds, cough, depression, eczema, fever, headache, hypertension, hysteria, indigestion, insomnia, insect bites, insect repellant, irritability, menstrual pain, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, stomach cramps, stress, tonic, vertigo. The calming and sedative effects of this oil may be utilized in a diffuser, or added to your favorite lotion or bath blend.
Blends Well With: Citrus oils, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, and rose petals.
Antibacterial, antidepressant, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, sedative, tonic, uterine, vermifuge
Lemon balm is often used as a flavoring in ice cream and herbal teas, both hot and iced, often in combination with other herbs such as spearmint. It is also frequently paired with fruit dishes or candies. It can be used in fish dishes and is the key ingredient in lemon balm pesto. It has been suggested that it might be a better, healthier preservative than beta hydroxy acid in sausages
Melissa officinalis also contains 1-octen-3-ol, 10-alpha-cadinol, 3-octanol, 3-octanone, alpha-cubebene, alpha-humulene, beta-bourbonene, caffeic acid, caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, catechinene, chlorogenic acid, cis-3-hexenol, cis-ocimene, citral A, citral B, citronellal, copaene, delta-cadinene, eugenyl acetate, gamma-cadinene, geranial, geraniol, geranyl acetate, germacrene D, isogeranial, linalool, luteolin-7-glucoside, methylheptenone, neral, nerol, octyl benzoate, oleanolic acid, pomolic acid, protocatechuic acid, rhamnazine, rosmarinic acid, rosmarinin acid, stachyose, succinic acid, thymol, trans-ocimene and ursolic acid.
It may cause skin irritation when using the essential oil straight on the skin. Dilute with water before using or carrier oil such as almond, olive, or avocado oil.
The genus Melissa comes from the Greek word for honey bee. The flowers of the lemon balm plant attract honey bees when it is in bloom.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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