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BALM  (MELISSA OFFICINALIS)
 

Family: Labiatae

---Synonyms---Balm, Lemon Balm, Melissa, Sweet Balm, Balm mint, bee balm, blue balm, cure-all, dropsy plant, garden balm, sweet balm
---Part Used---Herb, leaves, volatile oil and polyphenols

---Medicinal Action and Uses------

Antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, stomachic.

Lemon balm is used in herbal teas, both for its flavor and its mild sedative properties. The tea is recommended to induce perspiration and relieve fever due to cold and flu, and to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. The crushed leaves help heal wounds and insect bites. It is a key ingredient in certain perfumes and cosmetics.

It is antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, and stomachic. It is useful for all sorts of nervous problems. The balm also relieves cramps, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, chronic bronchial catarrh, and some forms of asthma. It had been tried for migraine and toothache, and, during pregnancy, for headaches and dizziness. An infusion of the leaves added to bath water is said to promote the onset of menstruation.

BALM BARLEY BILBERRIES BAY TRE BEANS
BLUE-BOTTLE BORAGE BETONY BIRCH TREE  BLACKBERRY
BUCKTHORN BASIL

Barberry