Day 168/365 - On Lemonbalm

Flowering lemon balm

Flowering lemon balm

6/17/17

The stress-busting herb of the day is Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). Here are some highlights:

  1. Diaphoretic (makes you sweat) - indicated for sweaty hands and feet - nervous tension
  2. Antiviral - HSV (herpes simplex virus) activated when stressed (usually dormant/latent in trigeminal nerve)
  3. Calming, cooling, soothing to gut - carminative (doesn’t increase hydrochloric acid like chamomile)
  4. Mood elevator, treats depression (with St. John’s Wort)
  5. *treats hyperthyroid - antagonizes thyroxin