Lemon Balm

Issue published May 2019

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Letter from the editor

Lemon balm is one of my favorite herbs. Its effect on humans is not to be taken lightly. This herb is a powerhouse of delicious citrusy flavor. It can ease anxiety and nervous tension, slow an overactive mind, and help to chill out overexcited children in a gentle, yet effective way. Its antiviral properties are also remarkable and often overlooked.

A few years ago, my son contracted chicken pox at school. He was in preschool, and it was spring, which is chicken pox season. Thankfully, the lemon balm plants had started to grow after a long cold winter. He drank an antiviral tea with lemon balm, hibiscus, St. John’s wort, and stevia leaf. He took baths in lemon balm, oat, and Epsom salts to soothe his skin and encourage the pustules to scab. We muddled lemon balm, violet leaf, yarrow, and plantain leaf and applied them as a poultice to relieve itching. With this approach, his chicken pox cleared up within a week, and he emerged with natural immunity. A win-win situation.

We also use lemon balm in our “calm kid” tea, which is equal parts lemon balm, chamomile, and catnip with a touch of stevia leaf. This helps overexcited and overstimulated children chill out, calm down, and start to focus on what is going on around them. I used to use the calm kid tea when the kids had the “3 o’clock crazies,” and they would run around trying to kill each other. Now I give it to the teacher at their little hippy school to serve the children (with permission from parents) to help them be cool, calm, and collected in class.

As you can see, lemon balm is one we use pretty consistently. It’s a popular herb, with good reason, and we have so much good info for you in this issue. Enjoy!

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Articles

Lemon Balm Monograph
Coloring Page
Lemon Balm: Benefits and Practical Applications
Queen Bee of Relaxation
Oven-Roasted Lemon Balm Potatoes Recipe
Viruses and their Interaction with Melissa officinalis
Growing and Imbibing Lemon Balm
Melissa Essential Oil

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