A hardy herb that grows in a lot of different places – and may take over a corner of the garden – lemon balm is a member of the mint family. Best harvested before its flowers open, this herb has a potent lemon-like fragrance that is soothing, calming the nervous system.
It was believed to make ‘the mind and heart to become merry’ according to an Arab physician in the 11th century. Ancient Greeks and Romans also widely used lemon balm. Especially their beekeepers, who would rub it on empty hives to try and attract new bees.
While some herbs shifted their meanings over time, lemon balm seems to have been well understood since ancient times. It has long been known for its uplifting and calming energy. It has long been regarded as the herb to use to help cure melancholy.
Linked to the feminine through its ability to soothe the unsettled, this herb was also believed to encourage and support communication. Particularly in those who are stressed or nervous., helping to lift a bad mood and ease a troubled mind.
Historical usage pointed towards its benefits in helping people relax. The uplifting nature of this herb was believed to lend itself to warding off bad dreams and promoting a relaxed, protected sleep.
Lemon Balm is used for a wide variety of purposes, including:
- Relieving symptoms associated with stress.
- Relieving intense anxiety and improving your mood.
- Calming an upset digestive system.
- Supporting the nervous system
- Improving appetite.
- Supporting and promoting sleep.
- Managing insomnia and other sleep disorders.
- Helping to manage cold sores.
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25 grams = $7.99
50 grams = $11.99
100 grams = $18.99