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Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a plant that was used often, both medicinally and as a beverage by american indians and by the european settlers in america.
Oswego tea, made from the leaves of the plant, was a staple in households during colonial times after the settlers lost access to english teas after the boston tea party.
Today, lemon balm is still used widely for a variety of medicinal purposes, and limited testing has shown that it does have some benefits as a remedy for quite a few common medical complaints.
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Effect on lemons
They hover and buzz around the plants in a slow, contented manner. Hence, lemon balm is one nickname for plants of the genus monarda. Bergamot is another monarda nickname.
Oswego tea can also be made as a soothing drink to calm nerves and as a relaxing sleep aid, and is often combined with other well-known relaxation herbs such as valerian and chamomile for this purpose.

Externally, lemon balm is a wonderful aromatherapy herb.
Try placing a handful of fresh leaves in a cloth and positioning it under hot running bath water for a relaxing, lemony scented bath.
Deeply breathing in the steam may also help relieve cold symptoms such as sore throat, fever, and congestion.
Lemon balm has also shown some merit as an antiseptic and antibacterial, and a clean cloth can be soaked in a tea and used as a compress, or an ointment can be made to help relieve pain and speed healing for minor wounds, insect stings, and for relief of eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, and clearing up acne.
This nomenclature can lead to some confusion as to the medicinal qualities of lemon balm itself, because other plants, known as alemon balma and abergamot orangea, have similarities to monarda/lemon balm.

Bergamot orange
The bergamot orange is a citrus fruit native to italy.
Like lemon balm, it has a distinctive scent and flavor, very like a combination of oregano and mint.
Bergamot orange essence is used to flavor earl grey tea and is said to be effective for skin conditions such as psoriasis, and indigestion.

Lemon balm
Lemon balm (or just plain balm) is a distant relative of lemon balm, as it belongs to the large mint family.
Lemon balm, however, belongs to the genus melissa, not monarda, and is native to europe and asia.
As the name abalma would indicate, lemon balm is considered soothing, specifically to the skin, the digestion, and the spirits.


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