Eraser of tension,
Mood enhancing herb
Banishes colds, flus and
Leaving one feeling
Lemon Balm is a well loved plant that is grown in gardens around the world. This plant’s sweet, lemony scent and taste are delicious and well received by kids.
Because Lemon Balm is very pleasant tasting, it can be made into a tea that can be drank or made into popsicles, which make a delicious calming, cooling treat!
Lemon Balm can also be made into a tincture for quick and easy dispensing or infused in an oil to be made into a salve or lip balm for applying topically.
Lemon Balm leaves can be added raw to salads and gives a sweet lemon accent to them.
Lemon Balm is great for the nervous system! Not only is she a nervine and a sedative but she also has antispasmodic properties, making her great for nervous system complaints such as nervousness, anxiety, stress, nervous system related headaches, nervous tension and nervous system related illnesses such as chronic fatigue.
Continuing on the nervous system for a moment, Lemon Balm can be helpful for those with ADHD as research has shown that lemon balm has demonstrated the ability to impact the limbic system of the brain and “protect” the brain from the powerful stimuli of the body.
Lemon Balm also improves concentration, cognitive function and decreases agitation, making her an excellent herb for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. For kids who get anxious about taking tests and other school events, drinking Lemon Balm tea will help to calm the nerves, boost their moods and increase their confidence in stressful situations.
By the same token, Lemon Balm is helpful for the digestive system, easing stomaches, nausea, indigestion, cramping, and so on. Often digestive issues are tied in to nervous system issues so it makes sense that Lemon Balm works to support both body systems!
Lemon Balm is also a fantastic antiviral! She can also help fight off mumps, shingles, chicken pox, cold sores and colds, just to name a few.
This is a terrific plant to have on hand for kids!
Want to learn to make a Lemon Balm popsicles with your kids? Check out my new Monday Making series. This week’s episode is on making Lemon Balm popsicles!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjxU3ZGGMjs
Want to listen to “The Delight of Lemon Balm”? This story is from the Lemon Balm issue of Herbal Roots zine and it can be found on YouTube here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgd7ICQJkaY
The mosquitoes are out! If you’re like me, spraying bug repellent on your kids can be a double edged sword – on one hand, keeping pests away that can make your kids miserable (and in some places may carry viruses) is high on your priority list, but keeping products natural is high up as well.
Luckily, we can harness the power of herbs to do just that!
1 ounce Lemon Balm tincture
1 ounce Yarrow tincture
1 ounce Catnip tincture
1 ounce distilled water
Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and mist it on your children before they head outside.
Optionally, you can add a few drops of Citronella, Eucalyptus, or Lavender essential oil to scent your spray.
Lemon Balm is a great “beginner” herb for kids to learn about and is part of my “New to Herbs” year long course for kids.
To learn more about my courses and to enroll, head to: https://herbalrootszine.teachable.com/