• Juliana Nogueira

Lemon Balm

The herbs in this jar were harvested this year from my mom’s backyard. They were never planted there; nevertheless, as a good member of the mint family does, they showed up and spread all around. Lemon balm teaches us of quiet presence and strength, she spreads with steady and clear intention reminding us to nurture ourselves as we trust. Honey bees and bunny rabbits love them.

Melissa officinalis, in latin, is delightfully fragrant and makes a truly delicious and fresh cup of tea with lemony sour and sweet notes. Known to contain at least 8 different anti-viral constituents, lemon balm is also anti-inflammatory and tonic to the nervous system. It is noticeably calming and rejuvenating. I have used it to ease anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia and headaches. It is also very soothing to the digestive system, especially when the issue is related to stress. Lemon balm has a marked action in reducing the effect of thyroid hormones on the metabolism making it useful in hyperthyroid conditions but not a good choice for hypothyroidism.

According to Ayurveda it is energetically moistening and cooling. In astrology it is considered a feminine plant and is governed by the moon and the water.

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