Herb of the Month: Lemon Balm

The spring showers are bringing the abundance of Lemon Balm to the Pacific Northwest! Our lemon smelling friend can take over a garden in no time.

This month we celebrate the mint family member Melissa officinalis: Lemon Balm. This bright and cheery plant soaks up the sun and gives the sweetest-lemony smell along with a rich green-yellow color. For harvesting the aerial parts, it is best to wait until late spring or early summer before the flowers set seed; this is when the essential oils are the strongest. However, lemon balm will be growing through the summer and can be used after the bloom as well.

Lemon balm is famous for it’s lemony volatile oils that make it a mild carminative and can help with an upset stomach. The flavor adds citrus tones and it’s aroma brings sunshine to your body. Lemon balm is a relaxing nervine and is often used in children’s calming tea formulas. It also has a mild affect on the upper respiratory system and is great for cold and flu symptoms. Lemon balm has antiviral properties for some virus strands. Using topically or internally it can help diminish cold sores. Lemon balm is also used to help treat hyperthyroidism.

My experience with lemon balm is a sweet one. It was the first tincture I made from harvesting the fresh leaves, and it was a plant I got to share with my whole family. It is a gentle and safe herb for most bodies and a great entry way into building deeper relationships with plants.

At The Herb Shoppe we include Lemon balm in our:

Lemonbalm Chillout Tea Blend

Tranquility Powder and Capsules

Soul Shine Tea Blend

Zen Mama Tea and Tincture Blend

Happy Tummy Kid’s Tea Blend

Children’s Wind Down Tea Blend

Delphinus Relaxing Elixir Blend

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Amelia Weesies

Amelia Weesies is a Michigan native who was drawn to the west coast for her love of tall trees and an affinity for holistic healing. As a sprite young sunflower Amelia began dancing in her back yard, twirling amongst the tall grass, trees, and throughout her mothers garden. As a dancer her curiosity for movement and its healing abilities allured her into the world of Yoga. While practicing yoga as a means to find union and synergy in her health Amelia was introduced to the world of naturopathy. Experiencing a lifelong challenge with anxiety and panic attacks she finally found herself in the office of a naturopath in Durango, Colorado. Two weeks into completely changing her diet and using herbal supplements Amelia understood that our relationship with food and plants is vastly expansive. Amelia is amazed at the body’s ability to heal itself along with the role herbs play to assist in healing.

Amelia is twirling through and exploring the world of academia and hopes to merge her curiosities of the earth, movement, and spirituality. When she’s not sashaying through the forest or in a down dog, you can find her reading Harry Potter for the seventh time, creating new hairstyles, or listening to The Robcast.

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