Lemon balm

Lemon balm

A herbaceous, aromatic, perennial plant measuring 30 to 80 cm tall, with upright stems with square sections - Small, oval, embossed and serrated bright green leaves that release a gentle lemony fragrance when rubbed - White flowers with bell-shaped calyces.

Latin name

Melissa officinalis

Origin

East of the Mediterranean basin, then throughout Europe since ancient times.

Used part

The leaves.

Active components

Phenolic acids (rosmarinic acids): these substances with antioxidant properties are responsible for the anxiolytic and calming effect.

Essential oil: responsible for the aroma and contributes to the antioxidant action.

Flavonoids (apigenin): antioxidant.

Usage

The fresh or dried leaves can be used to prepare a herbal tea, and can be blended with black tea. Lemon balm is used as seasoning in numerous recipes such as fish, soup, sauces and omelettes. It has a natural preservative action. The essential oil is sometimes used to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Thanks to its antioxidant action, lemon balm protects the tissues against oxidative stress. 1-6What makes the plant interesting is its calming effect in the case of stress. It supports good cognitive function, well-being and contributes to restorative sleep. 7-14It is also used to support digestion and relieve intestinal cramps. 15-16

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