Lemon balm is a herb that is a relative to the mint family. Sometimes it can be easily confused with bee balm. This herb is a native to Europe and the Mediterranean. The leaves of this tree have a citrus lemon scent. This beautiful tree blooms with small, white fragrant flowers that are full of nectar. Bees and hummingbirds love the lemon balm tree. The tree can also be grown as a potted herb. The leaves range in color from light green to dark green. This tree is cultivated here in the United States. Different species are known as citronella, lemonella, and lime. Lemon balm is often used as a flavoring in ice cream, candy, herbal tea, and fruit dishes.
The lemon balm has popular uses in herbal medicine. The leaves are used as a natural insect repellent. They are often crushed and rubbed on the skin. This is excellent for repelling the mosquito in the summer months. Lemon balm is quite popular in herbal teas. It has a wonderful sweet scent and flavor. These teas are known to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. This herb contains a very high amount of antioxidants.
The essential oil of the lemon balm tree is used in aromatherapy and in the making of some perfumes. This herb is useful as a mild sedative for anxiety and to help treat insomnia. It is a very soothing and aromatic herb. It is often added to some herbal toothpaste. It gives a fresh clean lemon scent and taste. Lemon balm contains a substance called eugenol. Eugenol is known to relax muscles and numb tissue. This herb is commonly used as an antispasmodic. It is recommended that those who take prescribed thyroid medications not use lemon balm because it has a tendency to absorb the thyroid medication.
When using any herb for medicinal benefits you should always seek the advice of an expert before using. Lemon balm is also known to improve appetite. Today, this herb is often combined with other herbs to promote relaxation, such as chamomile. It is often mixed with creams to treat fever blisters and cold sores. Studies show that this herb is quite useful in treating indigestion.Lemon balm is grown worldwide in herb gardens for medicine, furniture polish, and cosmetic manufacturing. Lemon balm can be purchased as dried leaves, herbal tea, capsules, extracts, oils, and creams. This herb is known as a strengthening and healing herb for the body.