Lemon Balm in another very useful tincture and may help to treat amenorrhoea, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME), Graves’ disease, headaches, herpes virus, hypothyroidism, insomnia, shingles and viral infections.
For headaches, Lemon Balm endorsed by Comission E and recommended by Norman G Bisset, Ph.D. professor of pharmacy at King’s College University of London and author of Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals.
Lemon Balm is excellent for all viral infections including herpes, cold sores and shingles. Its demonstrated antiviral and anti-herpes properties seem to result from compounds in the herb, including tanins that are known as polyphenols. The body’s cells have receptors that viruses latch on to when they’re trying to take over the cells. The polyphenol compounds have the ability to latch on to the cells’ viral receptor sites. They take up those spaces and prevent the viruses from attaching to the cell, thus preventing the spread of infection. Mints, especially Lemon Balm contain antioxidant vitamins and selenium which strengthen the immune system. All mints also contain at least four antiviral compounds that target the herpes virus. You can make a cold sore/shingles remedy by mixing with boiling water and applied to the skin with cotton wool several times a day. Also add Echinacea and goldenseal to the mix for their antimicrobial and immune-stimulating benefits.
Lemon Balm is also endorsed by Commission E as both a sedative and stomach soother. The sedative action is attributed largely to a group of chemicals in the plant called terpenes. Perfect as a bedtime tea to help with insomnia.
100ml 1:3 Alcohol Volume 45%. Take 10 – 15 drops 2 x daily.