Lemon Balm Tea (Melissa Officinalis) – Health Benefits
Lemon balm tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea made from the plant, Melissa officinalis. Melissa officinalis is one of many herbs that has a natural lemony scent without the sourness and sourness caused by the citric acid in lemons. This article explores the health benefits and medicinal uses of lemon balm, as well as the benefits of drinking herbal tea brewed from this herb.
Lemon balm is very easy to grow in temperate climates with adequate rainfall. It can be made into a hot drink or brewed then cooled to form an iced herbal tea. It can be consumed alone or mixed with other herbs or even with caffeinated teas.
There is preliminary evidence to suggest that lemon balm may be effective in treating or reducing anxiety. The effects don’t seem to be as strong as those of other herbs, such as passionflower, but they are large enough to be measurable and significant in the few studies that have been conducted.
Lemon balm, being naturally caffeine-free, is a good alternative to caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea, for people who want a natural herbal hot beverage later in the day. Its caffeine-free nature, combined with its mild calming effects, makes it an ideal drink at night or at bedtime.
Prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia:
Lemon balm has also been tested as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Although it has not been shown in extensive studies to actually prevent or reverse these conditions, it has been shown to reduce restlessness and improve cognitive function in people with these conditions.
Antimicrobial effects: antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial activity:
Lemon balm has been shown to have a variety of antimicrobial effects, including action against bacteria, fungi, and even viruses. The essential oil of the plant has been shown to be effective against the HSV-2 (herpes) virus, even when used at safe levels. The oil’s effectiveness against bacteria and fungi has been demonstrated for a variety of different strains.
Lemon balm tea is a pleasant drink that can be consumed hot or iced. Although there is not enough scientific research to firmly establish that it is effective in thoroughly treating all conditions, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests the herb may have a variety of positive impacts. on health, including antimicrobial activity (against bacteria, fungi, and viruses), relaxing or calming effects, and possibly neuroprotective effects, improving cognitive functions in people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. other forms of dementia.