The Healing Properties of Melissa/Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis, also known as lemon balm, is one of the most important and versatile herbs available. Melissa is easy to grow, which gives it an added advantage. Melissa is essential for calming the nerves, especially for those who suffer from ailments relating to the digestive system. Often sensitivity of the digestive system is the result of hypersensitive or inflamed nerves that are adjacent to the digestive tract, and react each time food passes through the gut. For example, when an inflamed phrenic nerve and vagus nerve (which controls the diaphragm and governs the stomach), we will often experience digestive sensitivities. An irritated stomach or intestine is often due to sensitive nerves that sense the food rubbing against the intestinal tract, thus causing discomfort. This can be expressed as pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and a sudden urgency to eliminate when nervous.
Melissa is a gift from mother nature, here to help us cope better in a world that is not always easy to make peace with. The phytochemicals in melissa are in a bioavailable form, and quickly calm the nerve inflamed nerve endings. This quality makes melissa a number one choice for any ailment that is expressed as mental or physical discomfort - And that’s just the beginning.
Melissa is high in trace minerals such as boron, manganese, copper, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, and iron. Melissa also contains a fair amount of silica which is essential for strong bones, hair, nails, and more. Melissa monitors our B12 stores, is anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial. Melissa is essential in treating diseases such as the Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, and other herpetic viruses. Melissa is excellent in treating tonsillitis, which is the result of a streptococcus infection. Melissa detoxifies the liver, spleen, and kidneys, helps reduce bladder inflammation.
Stress and insecurities are often part of daily life. If you are anxious and wondering what's next, if you're worried about what the future holds for you and others, a cup of melissa tea at night can help to replace worry with a sense of peace.
Melissa, as a plant with such a broad spectrum of healing qualities, it knows how to highlight hidden qualities within ourselves. We are here on this plane for many different reasons, and within one lifetime we have many different lives. Melissa helps us to explore our different gifts and serve diverse purposes - some of which we'll discover along the way, and others we'll never fully grasp.
Melissa should be incorporated in the following conditions:
Nutrient absorption issues, laryngitis, bladder or urinary infections, yeast infections, tonsillitis, hypertension, Epstein-Barr virus/mononucleosis, shingles, herpes, transient ischemic attack, staph and strep infections, H. pylori infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), ear infections, neuropathy, ringworm, thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, migraines, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), autism, nodules on bones and glands, ALS, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and Meniere’s disease.
If you suffer from a loss of appetite, insomnia, anxiousness, a sensitive stomach, bloating or gas, heart palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, frozen shoulder, urinary urgency, weight gain, weak limbs, trace mineral deficiencies, tooth pain, fever, nosebleeds or brain inflammation. Melissa knows to heal both the mind and body. Melissa assists in our healing in many different ways by coordinating the soul and spirit, helping us to find our way in this world.
- To make infused water - place fresh melissa leaves in a glass container, and place it in the sun for a few hours. The sun together with the melissa energetically charges the water, improving its nutritional and healing powers. Melissa water is especially helpful before bedtime.
- Melissa can be incorporated as a culinary herb, in any salad that needs a bit of a lemony taste.
- Melissa tea before bed will help calm nerves and give you a better night's sleep. It can be taken on its own or with a bit of lemon rind and fresh thyme.
This versatile herb is a must for every garden, and even grows well in the house when placed close to a window. I personally drink infused melissa water a few times a day. It is extremely hydrating and supports the body and soul in many ways.
Information in this blog was taken from:
Anthony Williams, Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Carlsbad: Hay House Publishing, 2016. http://www.medicalmedium.com/