Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
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
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.
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.
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.