Lemon Balm for post-holiday stress & digestive support
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Holidays are fun but also a little stressful
Hooray for holidays! We spend much of year wishing for them yet hosting guests or being away from home can also be a little stressful at times. And if we over indulged in foods and drinks we wouldn't normally consume our digestive systems might also be in need of a little extra care. Enter Lemon balm, which is perfect for this situation.
Lemon balm for nervous system & digestive support
Lemon balm is a herb from the same family as mint and is a wonderful choice for the type of nervousness that impacts your digestion. Lemon balm grows easily in pots or in the garden, so you may be able to grow it yourself. If not, your herbalist will be sure to have a supply.
Lemon balm is great when ...
You're feeling anxious, agitated and tense and want something gentle to help.
Your sleep is unsettled and you're heading towards #insomnia.
Herbalists have stronger remedies and lifestyle suggestions for full blown insomnia but Lemon balm is useful to prevent things getting that far.
Your #mood feels a bit 'flat' and you want to lift it.
Stress has contributed to a flare-up of herpes virus (cold sores or genital).
How to consume Lemon balm?
Internally: as a tea using 1/2 -1 teaspoon per cup of hot water. Make sure to put a lid on to stop the volatile oils from evaporating.
Internally: as a herbal extract or tincture - your herbalist will have this form and will likely combine it with other herbs depending on what exactly is going on for you.
Internally: because it helps calm the nervous system, Lemon balm can also be useful internally when herpes virus flares. There are also specific antiviral herbs that are useful to help reduce herpes outbreaks #coldsores #herpes
Topically: for cold sores or genital herpes (your herbalist can provide you with the best form for this purpose).
How to make a refreshing summer drink
Put Lemon balm (fresh or dried) into a large pot. I've added Lemongrass and Rosehips to the pot below but really, the sky's the limit. I don't measure the ingredients and just put them all in and add boiled water. Then cover with a lid and let cool. Strain and add a little stevia or sweetener of choice. It also lasts a few days in the refrigerator so it's handy when health conscious guests come to visit; or for kids instead of cordial. Fresh mint serves as a nice garnish. Enjoy!
Need extra nervous or digestive system support?
Does your nervous system or digestive system need more support than you feel like you can handle yourself? Feel free to book an appointment with me so we can explore things in more depth from a holistic herbal medicine perspective. You can book a Free Discovery Call here
Please note that this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as being a substitute for professional advice from your health professional.