Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis, is an aromatic with a lemony scent and a mild astringent action. It is useful for many acute ailments such as colds, digestive upset, and flu. It is helpful for nervousness that affects the heart and digestion. Lemon balm is a locally acting antiviral, used in topical applications for cold sores and shingles. It helps to ease sadness and depression, calm mania and hysteria, enhance sleep, and aid memory and concentration.
No known warnings. Safe for pregnant or nursing women.
This can be taken as an infusion or cold tea, or tincture.