Balm, Bee Balm, Cure-all, The De France,
Heart's Delight, Sweet Balm
Balm is from
the Mint (Labiatae) family.
balm is an aromatic perennial subshrub with bright green leaves, square
stem and tiny white flowers. native to the eastern
Mediterranean region and western Asia, widely cultivated throughout
is Greek for 'honey bee',
referring to the bee's attraction to its flower and the quality of the
honey produced from it
balm steeped in wine was used orally and topically in ancient Greek and
Roman and Indian medicines, as surgical dressing for wounds, and to
treat venomous bites and stings, as mentioned in the writings of
Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder.
herb was sacred in the temple of Diana.
Avicenna and Paracelsus said Lemon Balm 'causeth the mind and
heart to be merrie'.
The essential oil is expensive and
sometimes adulterated with citronella oil.
Essential Oil - (citral, linalool,
Tannins - unique
to the Lamiaceae, such as triterpenylic
the form of
Acid stimulates the flow of Bile.
Caffeic Acid blocks the formation of some forms of Cancer:
Caffeic Acid blocks the formation of Colon Cancer following exposure to
Caffeic Acid helps to prevent Glioblastoma Multiforme.
Caffeic Acid helps to prevent Melanoma.
Caffeic Acid blocks the formation of Skin Cancer following exposure to
Caffeic Acid suppresses some types of Detrimental Bacteria:
Caffeic Acid helps to protect against infection by Staphylococcus aureus
- the detrimental bacteria responsible for “Golden Staph”.
Caffeic Acid suppresses some types of Detrimental Fungi.
Caffeic Acid inhibits Inflammation.
Caffeic Acid suppresses some Viruses.
Acid possesses Antioxidant properties:
Caffeic Acid neutralizes Peroxynitritie Free Radicals.
Caffeic Acid protects the Liver from some toxic substances.
Acid helps to maintain normal Smooth Muscle tone in Blood Vessels.
Ferulic Acid helps to prevent many forms of Cancer.
Ferulic Acid helps to prevent Inflammation.
Ferulic Acid possesses Antioxidant properties. -Ferulic Acid neutralizes
Peroxynitrite Free Radicals.
Ferulic Acid alleviates Anxiety.
Ferulic Acid increases the viability and motility of Sperm (in both
fertile men and in Male Infertility patients).
Ferulic Acid helps to maintain normal Smooth Muscle tone in the Uterus.
rhamnocitrin, and the 7-glucosides of apigenin, kaempferol, quercetin,
Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Carminative, Cholinergic
activities Diaphoretic, Digestive Tonic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge,
Hypotensive, Memory-improving [due to
activities identified in extracts
of lemon balm], Nervine, Rejuvenative,
Sedative, Sleep disorders, Stomach Tonic, Tonic.
of Balm tea 1 teaspoon of dried aerial parts made into
a tea (i.e. combined with 150 ml of boiling water). If
required 3 cups per day.
in the following internal illnesses
Anxiety, Chickenpox, Colds, Colic,
Dementia, Depression, Dysmenorrhea, Fever, Flu, Headache, Herpes,
Homesickness, Hysteria, Insomnia, Mumps, Nausea, Nervousness,
Nightmares, Shingles, Tachycardia, Teething
Useful for early senility and acts as a mild hypotensive.
Also good for heart palpitations due to nerves.
Lemon Balm acts upon the part of the brain governing the
autonomic nervous system and protect the cerbrum from excessive external
Used for stimulating the appetite.
Health Benefits of Balm
Balm (tea) alleviates Colic.
Balm stimulates the Digestive System.
Balm (tea) alleviates Flatulence (according to folklore).
Balm (tea consumed with meals or 9 - 15 ml of Balm fluid
extract/tincture per day) alleviates Indigestion.
Balm inhibits some types of Detrimental Fungi.
Balm (tea) helps to reduce Fever (due to Volatile Oils)
Balm (tea) alleviates Influenza.
Balm possesses Antioxidant properties (due to its
Rosmarinic Acid content).
Balm alleviates Grave’s Disease (due to components of Balm
inhibiting the attachment of the Antibodies that cause Grave’s Disease
to the Thyroid gland).
Balm sedates the Central Nervous System (CNS).
Balm (tea) alleviates Insomnia (by sedating the CNS).
Balm (tea) improves Memory
Balm is claimed to alleviate Migraine
Balm is claimed to alleviate Vertigo
External Medicinal Use
Boils, Eczema, Headache, Herpes, Insect Bites, Shingles
as compress for swellings such as gout.
applied to eczema and headaches.
Use a poultice for boils.
Lemon Balm is made into facial toners and beauty lotions.
It is an ingredient in Carmelite water.
Use as a salve for insect bites or simply rub the fresh leaf on the
Used in sachets to repel moths.
Used as a bath herb, massage oil, and perfume.
Balm is an ingredient in some topically-applied creams designed to treat
the symptoms of Herpes lesions
Balm (concentrated extract formulated into a cream and applied
topically) inhibits the Herpes Simplex Virus When applied topically to people with their first HSV1 infection
Balm (cream) prevented future outbreaks of HSV1 Cold Sores in 100% of
Balm (cream applied topically) accelerates the healing of the
lesions associated with HSV1 (on average, Balm treatment shortens the
average healing period for HSV1 from 10 days to 5 days).
Balm (cream applied topically) increases the period between HSV1
outbreaks in people who are afflicted with frequent HSV1 outbreaks (Balm
increases the period between HSV outbreaks to an average of 3.5 months).
Although Balm does not kill the Herpes Simplex Virus, it
interrupts the replication of the Virus by binding with the Receptors
that the Virus requires in order to multiply.
The optimal Balm preparation for the topical treatment of Herpes
Simplex is a 70:1 extract of Balm formulated into a 1% cream.
Balm (extract applied topically) alleviates the
lesions associated with Herpes Zoster (Shingles).
Pungent, Cold, Dry
Contra indications and side effect
Eyes/Vision - Glaucoma patients should not use Balm (as animal
studies have indicated that Balm raises intra-ocular pressure in the
This is a safe herb for children, and it tastes very good. Lemon
Balm can lower thyroid function, which is good for some but not others.
Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.
Interactions with Other Drugs.None
Doctrine of signatures
The odour is soothing and relaxing.
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