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Botanical Name: Melissa Officinalis

Description: Lemon Balm is a wonderful perennial herb grown throughout Northern America for it's wonderful scent and taste and it's sweet nectar makes it a honeybee favorite.

Culinary Uses: Lemon Balm leaves are used fresh in green salads, fruit salads, poultry and fish marinades, sauces and stuffing. It gives a wonderful sweet taste to cold and hot teas.

External Uses: Lemon Balm is often used externally as a skin rub of it's fresh leaves to help repel insects. It is also used in facial remedies and makes a good skin cleanser, helping with acne.

Lemon Balm Medicinal Parts Used: Leaves, whole herb

Medicinal Properties and Uses of Lemon
Lemon Balm is highly ant-viral and anit-bacterial making it very effective as a topical salve for herpes simplex such as cold sores, shingles and candidas rash. Lemon Balm tea is a calming herb used for insomnia, anxiety and help in the relief of menstrual symptoms. Bloating, indigestion and flatulence. Lemon
Balm also helps in calming muscle spasms and numbs tissues.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Steep 1 tsp dried Lemon Balm with 1 cup water for 10 minutes. Drink 4 times daily or as needed. Apply tea with cotton ball to cold sores, shingles or herpes sores throughout the day.

Lemon Balm Cautions: Lemon Balm is generally safe, but may interact with the following medications: Sedatives or thyroid medications. Ask your doctor prior to taking Lemon Balm should there be concern of interaction.

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