This popular member of the mint family was dubbed the “Elixir of Life” by the Swiss physician/alchemist/astrologer/”father of toxicology” Paracelsus. It is a cooling nervine with a deliciously mild lemony flavor. It has been used for centuries, even predating the Middle Ages, as a nervous system tonic. She is truly a balm for the body and spirit – soothing headache, anxiety, nervousness, depression, heartache, and grief – she brings light where there is darkness. Melissa has also been used to reduce hyperactivity and concentration issues, especially in children.
Tannins and other polyphenols are thought to deter certain viruses, rendering them unable to infect the body and spread.
Lemon Balm is an excellent ally for stomach distress and digestive concerns, headache, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, menstrual cramping, grief/heartache, seasonal affective disorder, and cold sores.