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Lemon Balm: Health Benefits, Side Effects, Recipes

  1. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is one of the classic culinary and medicinal herbs that should not be missing in any garden or on the balcony. The lemon balm grows to a height of 50 to 80 centimeters and smells like lemon. The plant comes from the eastern part of the Mediterranean. The mild, subtle lemon scented aroma makes lemon balm one of the most popular and versatile herbs. It is used as a seasoning in fish dishes, soups, sauces and omelets. The active ingredients in the lemon balm also make it a medicinal herb and the plant can also help with restlessness and stomach problems. The fact that, in addition to essential oil, the plant contains many tannins, bitter substances and rosmarinic acid, means that it also has an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect. Lemon balm is usually administered as a tea or, in higher concentrations, as a tincture.

What is lemon balm?

  1. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) belongs to the lavender family (Lamiaceae) and is therefore a member of a family that contains many well-known useful or medicinal herbs such as sage, rosemary or thyme

Profile of the lemon balm

  1. Botanical name: Melissa officinalis Plant family: Lips family (Lamiaceae) Other names: 'heart's delight' and 'elixir of life' Sowing / planting time: late April-May Flowering time: June-August Harvest time: June-September Location: full sun to sunny with humus and loose soil Use as a medicinal herb: sleep disorders, restlessness, stomach cramps, abdominal cramps, gastrointestinal complaints, nausea Use as a spice: fish dishes, soups, sauces, omelets, desserts, drinks (liqueur), salads and dressings

Characteristics of lemon balm

  1. Perennial plant

Recipes

  1. Lemon balm liqueur

Health Benefits of Lemon Balm

  1. Overview



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