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Basic Characteristics of Balm


Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a herbaceous plant, which is characterized by wide application - in cooking as a seasoning, in phytotherapy as a natural remedy for the treatment of insomnia, stress, heart disease, in cosmetology and making perfume, but also as as food for bees.

Balm is grown on plantations but also it grows wild along the roads, in gardens, next to the stone walls. 

The stem of balm is the fourth structure goods covered with hairs, and on it are green leaves ovoid shape, gently serrated and covered with thiny white hairs. 

Balm flowers are white to pink and they are set in the upper half of the plant.

Balm leaves are the main carriers of healing because they contain essential oil that possesses healing properties. Therefore, in the period before flowering balm leaves collect and dried in a thin layer in well ventilated places out from sun lights. Also, what you need to know when drying and storing balm is that during drying, balm should not be a lot taking in hands, and during storage, balm should not be kept in metal containers, but holding more exclusively in a glass jar or paper bag.

For the balm was known back in ancient times where it was used as a natural remedy for insomnia and nervousness

It is believed that the Arabs were the first that used the tea of balm for treatment of nervousness and depression before 2 000 years ago. 

There are writings that said that balm was Shakespeare's favourite herb.

What are the healing parts of  Balm?


Balm leaves are the main carriers of healing because they contain essential oil that possesses healing properties. 

Therefore, in the period before flowering, balm leaves are collecting and dried in a thin layer in well ventilated places out from sun lights. 

Also, what you should know when drying and storing balm is that during drying, balm should not be a lot taking in hands, and during storage, balm should not be kept in metal containers, but holding more exclusively in a glass jar or paper bag.

Health Benefits of Lemon Balm


1. Healing balm property was confirmed at eliminating nervousness, stress, tension and insomnia

In a way balm is represented as a natural tranquilizer, and in this case it is combined with other herbs, which has a sedative effect - chamomile, hops, linden, and valerian.

2. Lemon Balm is used to improve concentration, memory, creativity, to eliminate hysteria and depression.

3. Due to the presence of antioxidants, balm has used as a medicine for Alzheimer's disease because it improves concentration and memory.

4. Healing balm effects was confirmed in state of heart diseases – arrhythmias, nervosa, in blood purification and strengthening blood vessels.

5. The antiviral properties of the balm can be used in the fight against herpes viruses.

6. In the treatment of digestive problems, particularly in the elimination of cramps in the stomach, helps balm. And balm is recommended for pregnant women who suffer from frequent vomiting.

7. Essential oil of balm is used to massage the outside of the body, especially in the relaxation massages for elimination of tension, as well as with the state of rheumatism, arthritis and stiffness.

8. Lemon Balm gladly used in the preparation of creams, lotions, tonics for the face, because it has anti-inflammatory properties for oily skin, but also moisturizes the dry and damaged skin and restores its freshness.


3 recipes for tea of Balm


1. Tea to calmness


- Leaves of balm
- Mint
- Chamomile flower
- hops
- Valerian root

Mix all the plants and do herbal blend of equal parts of plants. Take the spoon of herbal mixture and pour it with cup of boiling water. Cover and let stand for 3 hours. Then strain and drink before bedtime.


2. Tea for flatulence


- A handful of balm
- A handful of chamomile
- A handful of mint

Mix plants and pour them with cup of boiling water. Cover the tea and let stands for 20 minutes. Strain it and drink.


Lemon Balm can be used by both children and pregnant women.

Use Balm in the Kitchen


Lemon balm is used as a condiment in salads and soups, or in marinades for fish and wildlife. It goes well with spices such as bay leaf, mint, pepper, rosemary, thyme.

1 comments :

  1. Lemon balm infused in oil is also a great ingredient in lip products for cold sores!

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