Melissa, against the tension that blocks the stomach

Are you a hypersensitive person and when you are nervous or stressed your digestion stops immediately? There lemon balm is for you.

«This delicate but very fragrant plant, a favorite with bees (the name comes from melhoney) is ideal indeed for emotional people who somatize easily in the stomach and nervous system, with nausea, palpitations, headache, insomnia », he observes Marilla Burattia physician expert in natural therapies in Milan.

Already the Arabs and Persians knew the consoling virtues of lemon balm, the herb they recommended for chase away unrest and pains. Plant linked to Venus and typically female, in the last century lemon balm was given to young women to treat hysterical attacks and fainting. The famous recipe ofLemon balm water created by the Carmelite friars of Paris. Today it is known that lemon balm is an excellent remedy for many female ailments, from premenstrual syndrome at the nausea in pregnancy.

Active ingredients and properties

The essential oil contained in the leaves and flowers of lemon balm (rich in citral and citronellal) is the main secret of the medicinal properties of this plant.

  • Lemon balm extracts calm the cramps that close your stomach as a reaction to stress and anxiety. Take them if you suffer from autonomic disorders such as slow digestion, nausea, headache, tachycardia.
  • They have a sedative effect and help you sleep better.
  • According to recent studies, when they are taken for long periods improve memory.
  • The essential oil fights fungi, viruses and bacteria. It is also active to prevent and treat the annoying fevers on the lip caused by the virus of theherpes simplex.
  • Added to a massage or bath oil, the essence tones the tissues and heals the skin; the inhaled perfume gives you nervous balance and vital energy.

How do you find lemon balm

  • Leaves and flowering tops. Make an infusion by pouring a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of chopped dried leaves (or 3-4 fresh leaves). Let it sit covered for a quarter of an hour, and drink 1 to 3 cups a day after meals to aid digestion. If you have eaten too much or have not digested well due to stress, add a little lemon and honey to the herbal tea. The simple infusion is also suitable for external use: dab it on the skin to dry acne and oily skin.
  • Mother tincture (Melissa officinalis TM). Take 30 drops three times a day in a little water to calm the nerves and improve digestion. Some doctors also use it to regulate periods.
  • Lemon balm water. The famous Carmelite formula is ready on the market. Take it in teaspoons in case of nausea and indigestion.
  • Essential oil. An excellent stress reliever: a drop rubbed on the temples frees the mind and takes away the headache. Also use it on the blisters of cold sores.

Alternative uses of lemon balm

  • For health. To soothe the itch from insect bites or dry lip fevers, rub a few fresh leaves on the part.
  • For beauty. Against oily hair and with dandruff rub a few drops of essence directly on the scalp.
  • Be careful! Lemon balm supplements can interfere with drugs taken for hypothyroidism: it has been shown that lemon balm slows down the action of thyroid hormones. If you suffer from this condition ask your doctor for advice.
  • The essence is precious (it takes seven tons of leaves to make a kilo!) And is easily counterfeited. Ask advice to the herbalist.

At school of botany

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) belongs to the labiate family, typically Mediterranean plants. It is a perennial herb with a fresh scent, similar to lemon.

It grows easily in humid places and you can safely grow it on the balcony, without exposing it to the sun. Collect the leaves from May to September, dry them in the shade and store them in glass jars away from light.

With the advice of Marilla Buratti, an expert in natural therapies in Milan

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