Lemon Balm: Why We Think It’s Amazing
Lemon Balm, (Melissa Officinalis), is one of those herbs that has been around for ages, yet it’s still not widely known as a culinary ingredient. It’s a member of the mint family with a delicate lemony flavor that can be used to sweeten jams, jellies, and liqueurs. Yum! At Maty’s, we love lemon balm for its amazing medicinal properties, which is why we include this superfood in all of our Natural and Organic Cough Syrups.
Why We Choose Lemon Balm
When we formulate our whole-food health products, our founder uses a form of kinesiology to select the ingredients. She finds someone who could benefit from a specific health product she wants to formulate. By using muscle testing, she determines which ingredients will test positive for that person’s symptoms. When an ingredient tests positive, that means it has healing properties that would benefit them.
After performing the muscle testing on someone for our Maty’s Cough Syrups, she determined that lemon balm tested strong for its calming and anti-microbial properties. We decided to add it to the ingredient list in our immune boosting cough syrups. After researching further, we found even more reasons to love lemon balm.
4 Incredible Health Benefits of Lemon Balm
Promotes Calmness And Relaxation
Lemon balm has been proven to reduce anxiousness, improve mood, and even help you sleep better.
Lemon balm oil has been shown to kill yeast and harmful bacteria strains– including E.coli and salmonella.
Combats Cold Sores
According to selfhacked.com, the rosmarinic acid in lemon balm helps to prevent the virus that causes cold sores.
May Reduce Inflammation
It’s even been shown to reduce swelling from injury and inflammation by lowering oxidative stress.
Can Help With Infant Colic
Infant colic is a common condition that occurs in the few first months of life. It causes discomfort, irritability, or crying in otherwise healthy babies. Lemon balm has been proven to reduce colic symptoms with its calming effects and relaxing the gut.
Now that you have a better idea of what lemon balm is and why you may want to incorporate it into your life, let’s take a look at how to do so!
6 Ways To Add Lemon Balm To Your Daily Routine
Use the leaves in your tea.
Lemon balm has a lovely scent and it’s leaves are perfect to be steeped in hot water for about 15 minutes. Add some honey and you’re good to go!
As a seasoning on your food.
Chop the leaves up to season your favorite seafood or meat/fish. It would even be great in a refreshing summer drink.
Make your own homemade cosmetics.
Some people even use it to make a toothpaste or a lip balm at home. Its antibacterial properties are great for this!
Take it as a supplement.
You can find lemon balm in a supplement form if that’s easier for you. Just make sure to purchase from a high-quality supplier.
Use an essential oil.
Another great (and soothing) option is to use lemon balm essential oil, also known as melissa oil. It can be used topically, inhaled, or even in a diffuser. It’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties can be very effective.
Take Maty’s Cough Syrups.
Last but certainly not least, you can get all the benefits of lemon balm from both our All Natural Cough Syrups and Organic Cough Syrups. Not only does it help with anxiety, but it could actually calm your cough as well!