The Benefits of Lemon Balm Tea
The lemon balm, scientific name melissa officinalis , is a plant with soothing, diuretic, analgesic, antimicrobial, healing, tonic, sedative, relaxing, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. It can be used as a home remedy to treat digestive problems, fight fluid retention and ensure a good night’s sleep.
Here are some of the benefits provided by lemon balm tea:
- Improves sleep quality;
- Fights gases;
- Relieves menstrual and intestinal cramps;
- Promotes cough relief;
- Relieves headaches;
- Promotes well-being and tranquility;
- Prevents digestive disturbances;
- Treats digestive problems, catarrh, palpitations and vomiting;
- Fights fluid retention;
- Treats insomnia, colic and other problems that occur in babies.
Lemon balm tea for babies
Due to its calming properties, the lemon balm is indicated to treat several health conditions in babies older than six months. The drink should not be given to children under six months of age, as, until this age, the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding.
In some cases, the mother can use the tea and try to pass calming substances to the baby through the milk, but the pediatrician should also be consulted for this type of resource. Remember that the pediatrician should always be consulted, as, depending on the herb used, there are health risks.
Check out the following recipe for baby lemon balm tea:
- 1 teaspoon of dried apple;
- 1 teaspoon of lemongrass;
- 1 fennel coffee spoon;
- 200 ml of filtered water.
Boil the water in a kettle and then add the dried apple, lemon balm and fennel. Smother the mixture and let it steep for about five minutes. Strain and serve the baby cold tea in small spoonfuls. This tea must not be sweetened, neither with honey nor sugar.
It is recommended to give a few spoonfuls (no exaggeration) of this tea to the baby before bedtime. Remember that the pediatrician must be consulted properly before offering any tea to a young child.