Lemon balm is a wonderful herb. Comes from the same family as mint, its leaves are used to make teas as well as use as flavoring agents for salads and other prepared foods. This herb has also been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. When consumed in the form of tea, it can possibly provide positive effects to our health.
Helps Deal With Sleep Problems
Having a cup of lemon balm tea can help us sleep better and help individuals suffering from insomnia. It has a relaxing effect that takes control of our body and ensures that we are sleeping just as much as our body needs(1).
Helps Minimize Menstrual Cramps
Lemon balm can be used to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), according to studies.
In a study, researchers found that taking lemon balm can help reduce the intensity of menstrual cramps (2). Moreover, it also treats delayed menstruation among women and allows more blood to flow to the uterine so that the menstrual cycle is regulated (3).
Helps Alleviate Digestive Problems
When it comes to common digestive ailments including upset stomach, cramps, and gastric ulcers, lemon balm tea may provide some help.
In a study, the herb has been found to be effective in preventing the development of new stomach ulcers and decreasing symptoms of nausea (4,5).
May Help Prevent Heart Diseases
By consuming lemon balm tea, we may be able to prevent heart diseases and protect our overall heart health.
The tea has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help suppress arrhythmias—a condition when the heart beats at irregular intervals, according to study (6).
Moreover, researchers found that this tea may help reduce triglycerides and improve the synthesis of cholesterol. It lowers down LDL cholesterol and blood pressure (7).
Helps Ease Headache
Lemon balm has relaxing properties that can help us unwind, release tension, and relax our muscles. It can be useful in treating headaches, especially if they’re happening as a result of stress (8).
How To Make A Lemon Balm Tea
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves chopped
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
- Chop the lemon balm leaves to release the oils and then set aside.
- Heat the water in a cup on the stove until boiling.
- Mix the leaves and water in a mug and allow to stand 10 minutes to steep.
- Add some honey and strain if desired. Drink warm.