Lemon balm: properties, benefits and how to prepare an herbal tea

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a plant with excellent calming and sedative properties. In herbal medicine it is used above all for the preparation of herbal teas, especially in the form of infusion or decoction.

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La melissa (Melissa officinalis) is a very good plant calming and sedative properties. In phytotherapy it is used above all for the preparation of herbal teas, especially in the form of infusion or decoction. If you don't have the ability to harvest fresh lemon balm, you can buy dried lemon balm at a herbalist's shop.

It grows like spontaneous plant in the meadows and in the countryside but at the same time lemon balm is easy to grow both in pots and in the garden. In spring and summer you can collect its leaves to dry for the winter and autumn, seasons in which the lemon balm tea it is considered useful for prevent colds.

Properties and benefits of lemon balm

Lemon balm is considered a real one relaxation herb, such as passion flower, mallow and chamomile, useful for preparing relaxing herbal teas in case of anxiety, agitation and worries. Lemon balm also has excellent calming and sedative properties, useful in case of coughs, colds and flu.

An important aspect of taking lemon balm in the form of herbal tea is its ability to contribute ad lower fever and to eliminate toxins in excess trapped in the body.

Le relaxing properties of lemon balm allow you to use it both to prepare herbal teas to be able to sleep better and to combatinsomnia, both to realize gods herbal pillows that promote good sleep, for example you can combine dried lemon balm with other herbs and medicinal plants including lavender, chamomile, rosemary and thyme for the preparation of your aromatic, balsamic and relaxing pillows.

Lemon balm is especially recommended in the case of anxiety, especially when it generates somatizations at the level of the gastrointestinal system. In fact, lemon balm acts as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic and is able to relieve ailments such as nausea, indigestion, abdominal cramps but also pains related to the menstrual cycle.

In addition, lemon balm is useful in case of headache thanks to the essential oil present in its leaves, which is able to calm and relax the nervous system but also the muscles. Finally, the intake of the lemon balm tea comes recommended after meals for help digestion and reduce the symptoms of gastritis. You can use the fresh lemon balm leaves also in the kitchen: add lemon balm to salads to enjoy its digestive properties.

How to prepare a lemon balm herbal tea

To prepare a lemon balm tea in the form of brew plan to use 1 teaspoon of dried lemon balm leaves for each 250 ml cup of hot water. Pour the dried lemon balm into each cup and cover with hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes and filter. If necessary, sweeten to taste.

If you want to prepare a lemon balm herbal tea in the form of decoction, then using the fresh lemon balm, you will need two teaspoons of chopped lemon balm leaves for every 250 ml of water. Bring the water with the fresh lemon balm leaves to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, strain and pour.

To make the lemon balm herbal tea more pleasant, you can add a few drops of lemon juice or choose a natural sweetener, such as honey or agave syrup. You can drink 1 or 2 cups of lemon balm per day.

Lemon balm herbal tea is recommended in case of stress, insomnia, agitation, flu, cold, abdominal pain and stomach pain.

Marta Albè

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