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Melissa, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis var. citrata)



invigorating, antispasmodic, calming, nerve-strengthening, sleep-inducing, stomach-strengthening, sweat-inducing, liver-stimulating, bile-stimulating, strengthening, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant

Areas of application:

Congestion headaches, nervous vomiting, nighttime heart palpitations, menstrual pain, postpartum problems, weak nerves, depression, anxiety, problems falling asleep, calms the mind and allows clearer thinking, nervous stomach, for blood purification, varicose veins, overwork, overstimulation, stress, psychological problems, cardiac neuroses, heart problems , intestinal and abdominal cramps, psychosomatic disorders, regulates blood pressure, PMS, for cramps during the days, menopause, vomiting during pregnancy, nervous attacks during pregnancy, fertility-stimulating herb, shortness of breath, headaches, insomnia, rheumatism, joint pain, neuralgia, ADHD, lowers the Blood pressure, protects the heart, protects the liver, helps with detoxification, candida yeast infections, pain, fights cancer, regulates the thyroid, prevents stomach ulcers, constipation, colic

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

Leaves before flowering begins (June to August)

To find:

It only grows wild in central areas and can be found in our gardens and crops.


Citral, citronellal, linalool, geraniol, tannins, bitter substances, resin, mucus, vitamins, minerals, potassium


☕ Tea: 2 teaspoons of leaves are poured with 1/4 liter of boiling water and left to steep for 10 minutes. 3 cups of tea per day for a treatment, or 1 cup if necessary, e.g. B. for insomnia (better pour 3 teaspoons here!) is sufficient.

Lemon balm is a perennial plant that can grow up to 90 cm high. It has glossy, light green leaves and a lemon-like scent. The leaves are shaped like a small heart with wavy wheels and a slightly wavy surface. The small flowers are usually white to yellow, but they can also be pink or purple.

🛑 Lemon balm should not be taken by people who are taking thyroid medication or who suffer from an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). If you want to use lemon balm regularly during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you should consult a doctor. Possible side effects include headaches, nausea, bloating, indigestion, dizziness and allergic reactions. In addition, a doctor should be consulted when taking other medications and before a planned surgical procedure.

The Melissa was said to have tremendous powers; it was supposed to bring back youth and revive those who were dying.

Dried lemon balm should not be missing from magical incenses where one asks for protection for the house and yard, for love and for healing.

Balm is an introductory plant for potassium.

Externally, the lemon balm decoction is a hair conditioner and delays the graying of the hair. As a facial care or facial toner, the strong tea leaves your skin beautiful and clear.

🛀 A full bath has a balancing effect and is recommended for over-nervous people. Boil 1 handful of lemon balm in 1 liter of water, let it steep for a few minutes, strain and add the liquid to the bath water.

Hildegard von Bingen: Lemon balm is warm and the person who eats it likes to laugh because it makes the heart and spleen happy. But whoever has the whites of his eyes growing, pull up the lemon balm by the root and place the plant in a bubbling spring overnight. Then he warms them in a bowl and places them warm on the eye. And let him do this for three nights and the white of his eye will be healed.

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