Nutrition and DietMelissa: properties and benefits

Melissa: properties and benefits

Properties of lemon balm, a plant with benefits whose infusion is ideal against anxiety and nerves, helping to relax naturally.

They say that just by smelling it, lemon balm is able to relax and temper the spirits. If on some occasion you have taken an infusion of lemon balm, surely you will have noticed beforehand the intense lemon aroma that its leaves emanate when you rub them.

The Arab doctor Avicenna claimed that he had the power – and the virtue – to brighten the spirit and eliminate sadness. Sometime later, specifically in medieval times, lemon balm used to be included in some magical formulas to which, among other aspects, the gift of lengthening youth was attributed.

For many centuries, specifically, it is believed, since the seventeenth century, the Discalced Carmelites made a potion that was believed to be miraculous with this plant, which was called Agua Del Carmen.

Not surprisingly, it is the famous liquor that we know today, and that in short, many women used to drink as a medicine even though, in reality, it was not.

Since then, lemon balm has been established as an excellent natural remedy to rebalance the nervous system, overcome irritability and distress, and calm anxiety and nerves.

Benefits of lemon balm

  • It is useful to combat nervous states as it is both slightly hypnotic and sedative, especially in case of specific anxiety attacks, hyperactivity, irritability, or sleep disturbances.
  • When migraines are caused by a cluster of nerves, lemon balm is able to relieve them.
  • Helps control blood pressure, also reducing nervous palpitations.

But in addition to the benefits that this plant has on anxiety and nerves, very few are those who know another long list of important properties, being mostly unknown to a certainly general public.

Here are some of these most important benefits:

  • It may be able to reduce both cervical and lumbar pain, and even soothe the pain associated with menstruation, helping to regulate it.
  • If we have a heavy or difficult digestion, lemon balm eliminates nausea and the feeling of dizziness, being digestive and ant carminative, thus favoring the assimilation of food, preventing the formation of gases and bad breath.
  • It is slightly astringent, so it can be good to stop occasional diarrhea.
  • In cases of fever or respiratory diseases, it is antiseptic and antiviral, helping for example to lower fever.

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