In the dog days of summer, lemon balm is at its peak. It’s a great smelling and tasting lemony herb that grows almost anywhere. There are so many uses for it that it’s hard to know where to start. So let us help you with that part!
19 Uses For Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is known to have a sedative effect on the body. I drink lemon balm tea to help me sleep.
Lemon balm is being tested on people with Grave’s disease and hyperthyroidism. It’s known to have a positive effect on autoimmune diseases, Grave’s disease being one of them.
Another study was done on radiology staff members to determine whether lemon balm could help reduce the effects of exposure to radiation. Testing showed a marked reduction in plasma DNA damage when staff drank a lemon balm infusion regularly. (source)
4. Gastrointestinal disorders
Lemon balm has been used to relieve gastrointestinal distress such as stomach problems, and those associated with the liver and bile. It works on infants with colic as well and is very safe.
Lemon balm is an important plant for bees. In fact, the Latin name, Melissa, means honey bee.
Lemon balm provides flavor for sauces, jams, jellies and even plain old water. You can use it in place of basil for pesto, or chop it up and add it to a marinade for chicken.
Lemon balm is a known fever reducer. It can also be used directly on wounds for reducing inflammation.
Lemon balm is a busy perennial plant that comes back year after year. It will die back in the winter, but will come back well in the spring. It grows in large clumps that will spread over a few years. It has few diseases and even fewer pests.
The compounds in lemon balm are probably the reason for it having few pests. These include up to 24% citronellal, 16% geranial, and 12% linalyl. All of these are used in mosquito repellents. It will not only repel insects on you, but on plants around you as well.
10. Herbal Tea
As mentioned before, lemon balm can be a calming tea. It can also be combined with other herbs and is caffeine free.
Because of its high antioxidant activity, lemon balm is being studied for use in sausage making to possibly lower the need for as much salt and other chemicals.
Lemon balm can serve as an antioxidant supplement for people as well.
13. Improves mood
Lemon balm is a known mood elevator.
14. Improved mental function
Lemon balm has been shown to help improve mental function. In studies where math is involved, a marked improvement in calculations was seen with no decrease in accuracy.
Research is being done on lemon balm to see it if can help Alzheimer’s patients. So far, it has been found to relieve some symptoms in some people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
Lemon balm has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of cold sores and genital herpes. Subjects in a study who applied a cream made with lemon balm extract found that symptoms were relieved, healing time was reduced, and the infection did not spread.
Testing is being done to see if lemon balm could replace some medications for children with ADHD. Tests show that kids responded well to a glycerite, a solution of glycerin and lemon balm. Some of the children were able to have the drug Ritalin completely replaced by the lemon balm.
Drinking an infusion of lemon balm can help rid the body of toxins. Make a tea with it and drink this several times a day.
19. Viral infections
While it was mentioned before that lemon balm will help externally with viral infections such as herpes, it can also help internally. It can help the body rid itself of staph and strep, both difficult viruses to deal with. And because of its antioxidant properties, it can help the body to heal faster, too.
Lemon balm is low maintenance – great for both garden plots and containers (indoors and out). It’s easy to grow and has so many uses. If you’re eager to try some of these applications, find organic dried lemon balm here.
If you have another favorite way to use lemon balm, share it with us below!