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The benefits of lemon balm on sleep and the nervous system
2022-04-26 15:05:44 Home & Garden

Sometimes called lemongrass, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), used since Antiquity, is experiencing a resurgence of interest for its medicinal properties, for example to relieve digestive disorders.


How to grow lemon balm?
Installed in partial shade, in cool but well-drained soil, this perennial, 30 to 80 cm high, branches easily. It develops small oval, embossed and serrated leaves, which give off a sweet, lemony scent when crushed (this smell signals the presence of an essential oil). Its yellow-white flowers bloom in summer.
Lemon balm is above all a great anti-stress. Action of lemon balm is to relax the nervous system without making it doze off. It therefore allows you, in complete peace of mind, to go about your obligations. Another virtue of lemon balm: it facilitates digestion. It is also the major element of Carmes lemon balm water, a herbal digestive, once very popular and of the lemon balm tea made from lemon balm leaves.
What are the benefits of lemon balm tea and how to make a lemon balm infusion to have all the virtues?
Action of lemon balm on digestive disorders: To prepare a lemon balm tea:
Strip two stems of a freshly picked plant
Pour a cup of boiling water over the leaves.
Cover and let infuse for 10 minutes.
Skip and drink a cup or two after meals or at bedtime.
To go further on the medicinal properties of lemon balm, also read our sheet: Natural health: I treat myself with plants: lemon balm
What does lemon balm taste like?
Lemon balm has a lemony taste.
Plant culture sheet
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), wild or cultivated perennial
Flowering from June to August
Requirements: in deep, heavy and rich soil
Location: in beds, near roses or in the vegetable garden after broad beans, beans or peas. It goes well with many vegetables, its scent repelling parasites.
Sowing: in the nursery, in April-May. Thin out the young plants after emergence and plant the plants in September.
Planting: buy buckets in March-April or early fall. Space the feet 50 cm apart.
Keys to success: prune often to limit flowering and promote leaf renewal.
Seedlings are often invasive. Cut back the clump in autumn and protect it from extreme cold.
When to take lemon balm?
A cup of lemon balm tea can be taken in the morning, noon and evening for optimal effectiveness and action of lemon balm.
How to use the properties of fresh lemon balm: Lemon balm water
Lemon balm water can be found in herbal stores or pharmacies. This water has great virtues to treat digestive disorders and fatigue.
What are the contraindications of lemon balm?
There is no particular contraindication, it is contraindicated to drink lemon balm during pregnancy or hypothyroidism.