A member of the mint family, lemon balm is an herb that’s great both on the dinner plate and in your medicine cabinet. This herb has a remarkable lemon taste that makes it a great addition to roasted chicken and even in baked goods.
Taste aside, lemon balm has amazing medicinal properties. It contains rosmarinic acid, which is an antioxidant. This can remove the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation in the body. Studies also show that lemon balm has natural antiviral properties.
Put simply, lemon balm heals you from within.
If you want to soothe mild symptoms or illnesses, try using lemon balm with these homemade remedies. Ask your veterinarian if you can use lemon balm for livestock, too!
We all have our stressful days on the homestead. Calm your fraying nerves with a natural lemon balm syrup. Simmer the fresh leaves in water for 20 minutes. Stir in honey to your desired sweetness. I like to add a little bit of lemon balm sweetener in my morning coffee, smoothie, or tea. It’s great for daily anxiety management without feeling loopy.
P.S. If you’re having trouble relaxing before sleep, you can also use this syrup in chamomile tea to peacefully drift off to sleep.
Lemon balm is great when used as a poultice. It takes the pain out of bug bites, stings, minor burns, and scratches. Dry the lemon balm leaves whole and store in a dry place. When you want to make your poultice, soak the dried leaves in warm water for 2 minutes. Place the rehydrated leaves on the affected area of skin for 10 minutes.
Replenishing lip balm
Lemon balm’s natural antiviral properties make it a godsend for treating cold sores. Use lemon balm in a homemade lip balm to both moisturize your lips and speed up the cold sore healing process.
Mend a rumbly stomach
Got a case of the bubble guts? You can calm your stomach in minutes with a lemon balm. Simply pour hot water over dried leaves and allow to steep for five minutes.
The bottom line
Who knew a kitchen pantry staple could be used in so many ways? If you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades herb for taste and for function, give lemon balm a try.