The lemon balm, scientific name Melissa officinalis , is a plant also popularly known as lemon balm, citronette and melissa, being widely used to treat digestive problems and as a tranquilizer, to ensure a good night’s sleep. The plant can be found for sale in natural food stores, markets, compounding pharmacies and some street markets. See below the medicinal properties and benefits provided by lemon balm tea.
The properties of lemon balm
Lemon balm contains soothing, diuretic, analgesic, antimicrobial, healing, tonic, sedative, relaxing, antineuralgic, expectorant, antiviral, antispasmodic, sweating, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits and indications for use
- Improves sleep quality;
- Fights gases;
- Relieves menstrual and intestinal cramps;
- Prevents kidney disorders;
- Promotes cough relief;
- Relieves headaches;
- Promotes well-being and tranquility;
- Helps in the treatment of nervousness, agitation and sleep disorders;
- Treats digestive problems, herpes, catarrh, belching, palpitations and vomiting;
- Fights fluid retention;
- Cleans, invigorates and heals the skin.
Applications of lemon balm and its tea
Lemon balm is widely used in cooking, cosmetics and in the preparation of liqueurs, as it has a special and peculiar aroma, being great for seasoning poultry, salads and fish. The parts used of the lemon balm are its fresh or dried leaves, for the preparation of teas, infusions, in aromatherapy and for seasoning food.
lemon balm tea
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the great indication of lemongrass tea is to help those who want to quit tobacco addiction. Remember that tea alone doesn’t do any miracles, it takes a lot of willpower!
To prepare the tea, boil a liter of water and, after turning off the heat, 30 grams of lemon balm leaves and flowers and let it simmer for approximately 12 minutes. After this time, strain and add lemon when drinking the tea. The indication for consumption is a small cup of tea, three times a day, with the addition of lemon drops when drinking the tea.
Side effects of lemon balm include drowsiness and decreased heart rate.