Lemon Balm - properties
Lemon balm is also called lemon herb because of its aroma. Lemon balm leaves have been used in folk medicine for centuries. Lemon balm has calming properties, thanks to which drinking an infusion of lemon balm leaves before going to sleep accelerates falling asleep, and also has a calming effect on the stomach and intestines, which is why it is often recommended for people with irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, it has a good calming effect in vegetative neuroses, anxiety states, states of nervous excitement, stress and irritation.
Drinking lemon balm tea will help concentration and improve memory. In addition, lemon balm will soothe headaches and even migraine headaches. Lemon balm leaves also help with digestive problems, because they stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and bile, and thus accelerate the digestion of even very heavy dishes, such as pea soup, bigos or bean dishes. It can also be administered for colic and inflammation of the bile ducts. Lemon balm also has a diuretic effect. Lemon balm is also used in supplements supporting the processes of losing weight and maintaining an appropriate body weight.
Drinking lemon balm leaf tea on a regular basis lowers blood cholesterol, which can prevent the onset of atherosclerosis. In addition, thanks to its calming properties, it reduces blood pressure and the proper functioning of the circulatory system. Therefore, it is included in the dietary supplements for blood pressure.
This herb inhibits the process of lipid oxidation in the liver, i.e. prevents fatty liver and related ailments.
Interestingly, lemon balm oil has fungicidal and bactericidal properties, so it can be used as compresses against herpes, mycoses, and even insect bites.