Herbal Spotlight: How To Use Lemon Balm |

Herbal Spotlight: How To Use Lemon Balm

Katie August 23, 2013
Photo Credit: Jessie Hirsch

Common Name(s): Lemon Balm

Latin Name: Melissa officinalis

How to Use Lemon Balm

Excerpt from Practical Herbalism:

Lemon Balm has been prized by bee keepers since earliest time. It was credited with the ability to attract and nurture swarms of bees, and as a remedy for their stings. By herbalists, it has long been favored for use in all complaints that were supposed to “proceed from a disordered state of the nervous system.” The London Dispensary (1696) says, “An essence of Balm, given in Canary wine, every morning will renew youth, strengthen the brain and relieve languishing.” John Evelyn wrote, “Balm casino online is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy.”

Benefits of Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is beneficial to everyone including women during pregnancy and while nursing. Research has shown that lemon balm contains antiviral properties. Its phytochemicals contain many properties that work well with the body’s nervous system to calm and relieve pain. Lemon balm is a palatable herb making it a wonderful herb for children.

  • *Digestion
  • *Relieves Gas and Colic
  • *Stress Releaving
  • *Canker Sores
  • *Calms Hyperactivity
  • *Calming Effect
  • *Sleep Aid
  • *Anti-Viral
  • *Decongestant
  • *Antihistamine
  • *Soothing for cuts
  • *Fevers
  • *Teething
  • *…and much more


                     Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowski

How to Prepare

Lemon balm is a wonderful herb to use for medicinal and culinary purposes. Here are a few links and ideas to get you started using lemon balm.  Try your favorites first; there are many awesome ones!




Do you use lemon balm? What is your favorite purpose for using it?


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Katie is a dorm “mama” to 16 amazing girls ages 5 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She is happiest in the kitchen creating nourishing meals and home remedies or outside with at least one of her girls at her side. She grew up using herbal supplements but didn’t discover the joy of making her own until 2008. Katie is passionate about real food, herbs and simple living. You can find her blogging about all these things and more on her blog, Mexican Wildflower where she is living simply by God’s grace.MexicanWildflower
  1. Thanks for including my bug spray recipe! Love lemon balm.


  2. Thanks for the information. I planted some from seed, and it just won’t grow. One sprouted up and has been about 1/2 inch tall for a month. Any tips on growing it, watering, etc?
    Thank you!


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