Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) Monogram

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

Family: Lamiaceae

In most folk or older texts it is refereed to as “Balm”. Culpeper calls it “so common” that he doesn’t even offer a drawing of the plant.

Common medicinal properties:Anodyne, Antispasmodic, AntiViral, aromatic, Cardiac Tonic Cordial, Diaphoretic, digestive, emmenogogue, Febrifuge, Hypotensive, Nervine, Sedative, Stomachic, Uterine Tonic, Vermifuge

Current Research:

Cold sores. Applying a lip balm containing 1% lemon balm extract seems to shorten healing time, prevent infection spread, and reduce symptoms of recurring cold sores.

Insomnia. Taking a lemon balm by itself or along with other ingredients might improve the length and quality of sleep in healthy people and in those with insomnia or sleeping disorders.

Contraindications:

Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interact with Lemon Balm

Parts Used: Whole herb

Constituents: volatile oils (citral, citronellal, eugenol acetate, geranoil) polyphenols, tannin, flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, triterpenoids

Folk applications: Soaked in wine and shared with a prospect to induce love. Hang upon a blade that caused a wound to make the wound stop bleeding. Included in charms to ensure success.

Personal observations

Fresh:

Dried:

Water infusion from dried: Fruity smelling, slightly bitter, and a little soapy.

Alcohol infusion from dried: Amber brown like dark whiskey, grassy flavored with a mildly camphorus aftertaste.

Oil infusion:

Essential oil:

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)

kava kavaFamily: Piperaceae

In this shrubs native habitat, Polynesia and the Pacific Ocean Islands , natives calm down by chewing a few leaves, but the best medicine is in the roots, which can be used to make a tea. Kava is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific. These cultures have a great respect for the plant and place a high importance on it.

Common medicinal properties:   Analgesic , Anodyne,  Antibacterial, Diaphoretic/sudorific,  Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative , Stimulant

Current Research:

Anxiety – The majority of evidence shows that certain kava extracts (extracts standardized to 70% kavalactones) can lower anxiety and might work as well as prescription anti-anxiety medications called low-dose benzodiazepines. But it might take up to 8 weeks of treatment to see improvement.

Contraindications:

Kava is hard on the liver, even healthy ones. Taking kava if you already have liver disease is taking a risk.

Parts Used: rhizome

Constituents: kava lactones, kawahin, yanoginin, methysticin, glycosides

Folk applications: Drink as a protection from evil and to invite in good luck. It is a common journey inducing beverage.

Personal observations

Fresh:

Dried:

Water infusion:

Alcohol infusion from dried and ground: Cloudy color and very soapy tasting. After making this tincture I always cut it 50/50 with unsteeped alcohol for my personal recipes.

Oil infusion:

Essential oil:

Receipts

Basic Dreamtime Blend

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