lemon balm: what is it, what is it for and how to prepare it


#herbs In Venezuela like all countries in the world has been affected with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. But the precarious conditions of the health system, plus the lack of medical supplies, this coupled with low purchasing power (Wages below $2) that prevent drugs as simple as aspirin from being able to buy medicines as simple as aspirin, have made the population look for options in herbs and medicinal plants.

It is lemon balm one of them commonly used for stress, anxiety, and some symptoms of the virus.

The lemon balm is a medicinal plant of the species Melissa officinalis, also known as lemon balm or lemon leaf, rich in phenolic compounds and flavonoids with calming, sedative, relaxing, antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which is widely used to treat various health problems, especially digestive, anxiety and stress problems.

This medicinal plant can be used in the form of teas, infusions, juices, desserts or in the form of capsules or natural extract, and can be found in natural products stores, herbalists, in certain pharmacies, supermarkets, online stores and municipal markets.

Among the main benefits of lemon balm are the following:

1. Improves sleep quality
2. Combat anxiety and stress
3.Relieves headaches
4. Combat gastrointestinal problems
5. Has antioxidant action
6.Help in the treatment of Alzheimer's

The lemon balm can be consumed in the form of teas, infusions or even in desserts, being easy to prepare and very tasty

To prepare lemon balm tea, it is advisable to use only its leaves, both dry and fresh, because it is the part of the plant that contains all the beneficial properties for health.

ingredients

3 tablespoons of lemon balm leaves;
1 cup boiling water.
Preparation mode

Add lemon balm leaves in boiling water, cover and let stand for a few minutes. Then strain and drink 3-4 cups of this tea a day.