Melissa: 10 properties and benefits

Melissa Carmelite water, cared for insomnia, arthritis, wounds, difficult digestion , menstrual pain and headache.Lemon balm is a small perennial herbaceous plant, also known as lemon verbena or herb , known for its traditional

Melissa officinalis: therapeutic properties, natural remedies and contraindications

The lemon balm plant does not exceed one meter in height, it grows throughout Italy, in the woods and in cool and shady places. It is afragrant herb and has a very pleasant, aromatic taste, similar to that of lemon.
Lemon balm is rich in essential oils ( geraniol , limonene …), flavonoids , some polyphenolic acids such as rosmarinic and caffeic acid and triterpenes .
It is one of the first medicinal herbs, Dioscorides theapplied on the wounds, Avicenna, the famous Arab physician who lived in the 10th-11th century, asserted that the lemon balm “disposes the mind and the heart to happiness”.

Natural remedies with lemon balm

The only parts of the melissia officinalis used are the leaves, rich in polyphenols , while the main derivatives are the mother tincture, the essential oil and in the form of herbal teas.

In the herbalist’s shops we find these preparations for sale mainly based on their use as a sedative to fight nervous tension, in a framework of general irritability and in case of insomnia. Valid also in case of headache, caused by nervous tension.

The mother tincture of Melissa

The mother tincture is used as an antispasmodic, when the anxiety somatizes at the gastrointestinal level, as the complex of the components has relaxing effects on the smooth muscles of the digestive tract and the uterus so it is useful for stomach pains, digestive disorders, nausea, meteorism and to relieve menstrual pain .

Melissa essential oil

In case of herpes infections in the mouth, prepare a solution of water with 2/3 drops of essential oil and apply on the part, a soaked gauze, several times a day. In the lemon balm are the essential oils that, in addition to giving a pleasant aroma and taste, exert an antispasmodic action, calming the nervous system and relaxing the muscles. Furthermore, the essential oil of lemon balm is quite successful as an insect repellent and this appears to be due to the insect-repellent action of the D-citronellal terpene .

Properties of Melissa

  • Sedativa
  • inflammatory
  • digestive and carminative (belly deflated)
  • diuretic
  • disinfectant (mouth)
  • relaxing.

Contraindications and warnings before use:

The use of lemon balm is contraindicated in people with glaucoma and can interfere with the thyroid action . Use in pregnancy and lactation isnot recommended . 
In conclusion, the lemon balm used in herbal tea, mother tincture or dry extract plays an anxiolytic and antispasmodic action. Generally speaking, however, it can be said that if anxiety occurs more at the expense of the digestive system.

How to prepare melissa herbal tea:

The melissa herbal tea is very pleasant and is prepared quite easily.

Before starting we take into account that the proportion of melissa officinalis leaves needed is equal to one teaspoon per cup of water. Based on these indications, we proceed to leave to infuse for at least 15 minutes, then letting it cool. The herbal tea should be drunk at room temperature.

Melissa relaxing infusion

Ingredients and preparation:

  • 10 dried and crushed lemon balm leaves or 5-6 chopped fresh leaves ,
  • 200 ml of water ( one cup),
  • a teaspoon of honey.

After boiling the water, add the lemon balm and leave to infuse for about ten minutes. Strain and add a teaspoon of honey. Sip warm to promote relaxation before going to bed, or at the end of a meal to facilitate digestion.

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