Lemon Balm – Soothing Stress

We’ve all heard the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.  Another good approach is when life gives you stress, use Lemon Balm. Lemon Balm, an herb of the mint family, is a tasty herbal remedy used largely for relief from stress caused by our busy hectic world.

This slightly sour, slightly sweet herb has deeply wrinkled leaves that range from dark green to light yellow and smell and taste like lemons. The plant’s flowers are little and light yellow and can grow up to two feet high.  The leaves look very similar to mint leaves, as it is apart of the same family. Planted in your garden, you will notice an increase of bees as Lemon Balm attracts them.

Lemon Balm is a calming herb, is used widely as a hot tea. Use this herb to soothe anxiety, restlessness, headaches, depressions, hypertension, insomnia, and colds. Lemon Balm is often mixed with Valerian, Chamomile, and sometimes Hops to promote relaxation. Used as an essential oil, Lemon Balm is used topically to treat herpes. If you deal with hyperthyroidism, Lemon Balm can  a great addition to your daily diet, found right here in Seattle.

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