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Lemon Balm Melissa Officinalis
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Parts Used: Leaves and flower in early stages without stem
Contains: Volatile oil (including citronella), polyphenols, tannins, bitter principle,
Uses: Sedative, anti-depressant, digestive stimulant, promotes sweating, relaxing
Forms: Tea infusion, tincture, compress, ointment, infused oil
Essential Oil - Ointment, massage oil
Tea: Best made with fresh leaves. Take for depression, nervous exhaustion,
Tincture: Has stronger but similar action to infusion. Best made from fresh leaves.
Compress: Use a pad soaked in the infusion to relieve painful swellings, such as gout
Vinegar: Leaves steeped in vinegar soothe insect stings and bites
Ointment: Leaves used for sores, insect bites, or to repel insects
Infused Oil: Use hot infused oil as the ointment or as a gentle massage oil for
Essential Oil: Ointment - combine 5 ml oil with 100 g ointment base for insect bites
Massage Oil - Dilute 5 - 10 drops oil in 20 ml almond or olive oil, and use
Other benefits from Lemon Balm
Because it contains Eugenol, a pain reliever, it works well for menstral cramps, stomach cramps, labor pains, calms the nerves, shingles, PMS, migraines.
Pain Reliever Combo - Lemon Balm, German Chamomile, Calendula, White Willow Bark
Mild sedative tea (do not take when taking sedative perscription drugs). It opens pours to reduce fevers from cold and flu. Use fresh leaves when possible.
Boils - fresh herb, bruised in white wine and olive oil will open a boil.
Herpes simplex, cold sores: Lemon Balm and TarragonOintment because of its high tannin content
Achy Flu Remedy: Lemon Balm, Elder Flower, Thyme Use 1 teaspoon each in 3 cups water. Drink up to 5 cups a day.
Use as mouthwash for aching teeth
Freeze in icecubes to apply to insect bites or minor wounds for pain relief.
Afterbirth or to bring on menses - steep Lemon Balm in hot water and put into bath.
Oily hair rinse
Skin Spritzer - Lemon Balm and Vinegar
For skin infections, lemon balm contains strong anti-bacterial properties. It cleans and heals wounds.
Steep in wine for scorpion bites and use as a compress to affected area.
Lemon Pledge Plant - rub on light bulb for pleasant lingering fragrance throughout the day
"Carmelite Water" Lemon Balm, Lemon Peel, Nutmeg, Corriander, and Angelica for nervous headaches and neuraligia. This also improves complexion and acne.
Goes well with fish and poultry
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