Balm Mint (Melissa officinalis) medicinal herb is a perennial plant that is native to the Mediterranean region and also to central and southern Europe. It is from the Lamiaceae family which is a mint family. There are so many mint in the Mint family and I am sure that the mint lovers do not mind this at all.
I love the mint family. I have no problem drinking the tea morning
noon and night because of the feeling I get after drinking it.
type of mint is so good for any digestive conditions and that is one of the
reasons, I love all these plants. For me, it is also refreshing and very
soothing, especially at nights when you are about to retire to bed.
The common names are Cure-all, Balm, Dropsy plant, Melissa officinalis, Garden balm, Lemon balm and Honey plant, Sweet Mary and also Sweet balm. Some persons refer to it as Bee balm, but Bee balm is from the genus Monarda which consist of about sixteen species from the same family, Lamiaceae. These species are also flowering plants.
The primary parts used for medicine are the plant itself and the flowers. The medicinal properties are carminative, febrifuge, tonic and diaphoretic.
The constituents of this medicinal herb are aldehydes, citral, citronellal, polyphenolic compounds, geraniol as well as monoterpene glycosides.
The tea is a good remedy for hypertension or high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), vomiting, nausea, anxiety, restlessness, indigestion, gas, fever, liver, kidney and bladder ailments, headache, mental problems as well as toothache. The tea is also excellent in producing sweat and it is a good remedy for suppress or mild menstruation, painful menstruation and dysentery.
The essential oil is used in the culinary department as a flavoring and it is most famous for its lemon scent. Balm mint plant can be made into a poultice to put on boils and carbuncles to pull out the accumulated pus. Poultice should be warm for it to be more effective.
The warm poultice is also a very good herbal remedy for rabid dog bites, sores, tumors as well as stings on the body which are derived from insects. Consuming the tea is also good for these ailments.
Manufactures have come up with a mint lip balm that can be used to protect lips from the harshness and coldness of the winter season. It can also be used as a protection for the lips against the harmful rays of the sun. This lip balm can be purchased in stores world wide.
Making lemon balm tea is very easy. Just pour a pint of boiling water on two ounces of this medicinal herb. Let it steep for approximately fifteen minutes, then strain and consume a cup as you desire. You may sweeten the tea with a bit of sugar if you so desire. Balm mint tea will always be one of my favorite teas.