Also known as Sweet Balm, Balm Mint, Bee Balm, and Blue Balm
History: Lemon Balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which release a minty-lemony aroma when touched, have been used as a flavoring for food, as well as, a remedy for cuts, fevers, heart conditions, and depression for over 2,000 years. In fact, it was so highly regarded in the middle ages that Emperor Charlemagne required it to be planted in the gardens of all Christian Monasteries. Today it is used as a calming herb to reduce anxiety.
Uses: digestive problems, upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, colic, menstrual cramps, headache and toothache, and for mental disorders, including hysteria, melancholia, anxiety, sleep problems, restlessness, Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves' disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.
Active Ingredients: rosmarinic acid, caffeic acids, chlorogenic acid, metrilic acid, tannins, luteolin
Actions: anodyne, antibacterial, antihistamine, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, calmative, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, lactogogue, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific
Complementary Herbs: Hops, Chamomile, Meadowsweet, Lavender, Lime Blossom