(Melissa officinalis) – loose leaf herb, herbal tea
Lemongrass is an excellent nerve booster, sedative, boost your mood, hypnotic, and antispasmodic. Improves appetite, eases pain and discomfort from indigestion, and also has a diuretic, expectorant and sweating effect.
It soothes the uterus, heart nerve, and gastrointestinal tract.
Salads and sauces can be flavoured with fresh leaves.
Traditional therapeutic use
- Nerve tonic – it contains the most natural sedative Green seduxen (diazepam).
- Fever reducer (antipyretic).
- Helps with alcohol and drug withdrawal treatments.
- Eliminates stress-based stomach pain and diarrhoea.
- Improves restlessness in heart palpitations – Lemon Balm is an ingredient of a treatment herbal tea mix for this condition – contact us for a personalised consultation.
- Sleep enhancer and relaxant – Lemon Balm is an ingredient of a treatment herbal tea mix for this condition – contact us for a personalised consultation.
- Gallbladder enhancer.
- Antiviral against shingles (herpes zoster) and other herpes viruses (cold sores).
- There’s also research to suggest that lemon balm can be used to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Reduces stress headaches.
- Reduces joint and muscle rheumatic pains.
- Soothes irritated skin.
- Antibacterial for cuts and scrapes.
Preparation of tea
The lower the doses used, the more effective the sedative and sleeping effect.
As a sedative, boil a cup (250ml) of water and pour over 1 teaspoon of the herb, leave to steep with a lid* for 15 minutes, filter and drink twice a day.
When used as a sleeping tonic, boil a cup (250ml) of water and pour over 1 tablespoon of the herb, leave to steep with a lid* on for 20 minutes, and drink 30 minutes before bedtime.
* The lid ensures that none of the goodness of the tea is lost through evaporation.
N.B. You should not use metal implements when handling and preparing (brewing, stepping and drinking) herbal teas – this includes spoons, mugs and filters. This does not apply to heating the water (and excludes boiling the roots in the water). Wooden spoon accessories are available in our shop.
Possible side effects
Lemon balm should only be used for a short period of time. A general rule of thumb is to take one week off after every three weeks of use. You shouldn’t take lemon balm for longer than four months at a time without a break.
You should talk to your doctor before using if you’re taking:
- Glaucoma medications.
- Thyroid medications.
- Drugs that affect serotonin.
You should also talk to your doctor before using if:
- You’re pregnant.
- You’re breastfeeding.
- You want to administer Lemon Balm to an infant or child under the age of 12.
- You have scheduled surgery.
T’n’T Teas is a company run by qualified herbalists and natural therapists using traditional remedies that have been handed down through the generations. We source these ingredients and information from Hortus Medicus International Ltd. Check out their website for more information.
This offer is for a single herb ingredient, but contact us for a personalised consultation for herbal ingredient mixes that are tailored to your requirements.