Lemon balm: useful properties, application

In cooking, leaves and shoots of the plant are used, cut before flowering. They are in dried form added to fish and meat dishes, mushrooms and salad. In some European countries, this herb is used for canning meat. With melissa you can brew a delicious tea, which, in addition to its excellent taste, also has a calming effect. To make tea, one spoonful of dried grass and one glass of boiling water are taken, brewed for 15 minutes. Optionally, you can add lemon and honey, in this case it turns out a delicious tonic drink. Also, lemon balm can be mixed with black or green tea, it will alleviate the condition for colds, relieve muscle tension and spasms of internal organs, strengthen the cardiovascular system.To preserve the aromatic bouquet when making tea, lemon balm is not recommended to be boiled.
Also, lemon balm is used in the form of decoctions and infusions, its medicinal properties are due to the essential oils contained in it in large quantities.It includes vitamins of group B, ascorbic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium and many other trace elements. To prepare the infusion, you need to take 2 tbsp. l dry leaves of grass and pour two cups of boiling water. Capacity must be tightly closed with a lid and wrap, insist a few hours in a dark place. Then strain and take half a glass before eating, you can add a spoonful of honey for taste. This infusion helps with heart pain, reduces shortness of breath, lowers blood pressure, increases appetite and blood hemoglobin levels.Infusion of lemon balm relieves from bad breath, helps with diseases of the gums, toothache and sore throat.
To prepare the broth Melissa is taken at the rate of 1 tbsp. l dry herbs in a glass of boiling water and cooked in a water bath for 10-15 minutes. Then it needs to cool, strain and take a spoon before eating. The decoction removes colic in the gastrointestinal tract, and with increased nervous agitation and insomnia, it should be taken a glass before bedtime. It is also widely used for headaches, fainting.
When bruises, minor abrasions and scratches make compresses of lemon balm.They will also help with joint inflammation (arthritis), gout, furunculosis and many skin problems. To make a compress, take dried leaves, scalded with boiling water, wrapped in gauze, folded in several layers, and then applied to the sore spot. Essential oil derived from lemon balm is used in the treatment of gynecological problems and the normalization of metabolism.
Melissa is a medicinal herb, so it has a number of contraindications for use. It is not recommended to use it with low blood pressure, as it will lower it even more, and this will cause weakness and dizziness. Applying lemon balm for medical purposes you need to know that it reduces concentration and reaction rate, so it’s better not to drive the vehicle. Also, it should not be taken by people with individual intolerance to this herb and allergies to it. Overdose may cause diarrhea, drowsiness, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting.
When dried, lemon balm should not be mixed with other herbs, and it should be stored in tightly closed cans. Since this plant is quite unpretentious, it can be grown not only in the garden, but also on the windowsill in pots. All that is needed is good watering and plenty of sunshine.

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