Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial member of the mint family original to the Mediterranean and southern Europe and widely cultivated elsewhere. In fact, in addition to its culinary value, the herb is grown on a commercial scale for use in the pharmaceutical, fragrance and cosmetic industries.
Traditionally, lemon balm is used to ease anxiety and to promote relaxation, often in combination with valerian, hops, skullcap or passionflower. Used topically, lemon balm is known to counter the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The herb also lends antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to skin care products. But lemon balm has so many more uses ...
9 Ways to Use Lemon Balm
Infuse in raw honey.
Freeze fresh or dried lemon balm in ice cubes and serve with iced tea.
Sprinkle the dried leaf into cookie and quick bread batters.
Combine with other herbs and flowers in tea blends.
Use dried lemon balm to season grilled, roasted or pan-cooked chicken and fish.
Tincture for use as a medicinal.
Infuse in hot water or witch hazel for use in making natural cleaning products and aroma sprays.
Infuse in oil for use in making salves and balms.
Incorporate lemon balm herb, oil and tinctures in your natural hair and skin care formulas.
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