The herb used to be native to Europe only, but was brought over to the America's by settlers and has flourished here as well. The plant grows up to 2 feet tall and flowers and is used in gardens to attract honey bees. The flowers tend to be purple in color. The leaves range in color from light to dark green and when rubbed leave behind a light lemon scent on the fingers. It appears similar to mint leaves, as its in the same family.
Several studies have shown that lemon balm, when combined with other herbs, such as valerian and hops, has helped reduce anxiety and promote sleep. The studies were inclusive if lemon balm alone would do the same or if the herbs worked together in such a way that each increased the benefits of the other and helped induce the calm state and sleepiness. Participants though did state a noticeable difference and preferred the herbs for their non habit forming effectiveness.
Another study, done in Germany, showed when lemon balm was applied topically to a herpes (cold sores) outbreatk that participants noticied a significant and marked improvment in redness and swelling in 2 days. While pain and scabbing didnt have any noticeable change from the lemon balm salve, participants still stated they felt this was an effective treatment and rated it highly. This study also found that when lemon balm salve was used on an INITIAL outbreak that patients did not experience a single recurrence.
So, as you can see, Lemon Balm is a versatile herb and can be used in many different fashions to help with many different ailments. You can find Lemon Balm at work in many of our products here at Faded Leaves, LLC. Our reflux tea blend, our Lemon Balm Salve, and our Anxiety Tea Blend are just a few of the products you can find Lemon Balm working hard in to bring our customers comfort in their time of need.
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