General information on Melissa
Lemon balm, better known with the popular name of "Limoncina" from its particular lemon smell obtained from the rubbing of the leaves, is widely used in phytotherapy, or the possibility of treating certain light pathologies through the aid of the beneficial properties of plants, flowers and herbs. This plant is harvested in all seasons of the year. This is possible because being a perennial plant, it does not need special care and grows spontaneously. In Italy it can be found in shady and cooler areas, or in the bushes and floodplains of rivers. Lemon balm has an intense green color, resembles nettle and in addition to scent of lemon, it can reach the height of one meter. Finally it is also used in the production of liqueurs, to flavor some summer dishes or to enrich your salads.
Preparation of the melissa infusion
The melissa infusion is prepared with a mix of dried leaves and flowers found in any herbal medicine. The preparation consists of pouring three liters of water into a saucepan and boiling it until it reaches the indicated temperature; pour a pound of the balm tea mixture into the pot and let it infuse for thirty minutes. After the indicated time, filter the herbal tea by means of a fine-grained sieve and then carefully pour the infusion into a cup and you can finally drink it. Normally one or two cups of lemon balm infusion a day are indicated to effectively combat stress-related disorders such as insomnia, anxiety and nervousness. Precisely because it leads to drowsiness, we advise against using it before driving or if you have to carry out work that requires a high level of attention.
The benefits of Melissa
The main benefits are certainly the soothing, antispasmodic and soothing. In addition to the aforementioned, if taken before the menstrual cycle it fights premenstrual syndrome and related disorders, such as anxiety and nervousness. This is possible because lemon balm acts directly on the central nervous system, fighting anxiety, depression and insomnia, restoring the normal sleep-wake rhythm and controlling mood swings. This plant is also very useful to counteract a stomach ache and stomach pain, as its antispasmodic agents act on the intestinal muscles. Moreover, thanks to the presence of phenolic acids, lemon balm effectively acts against free radicals avoiding the risk of cell damage. Finally, the melissa infusion can also be used to take a relaxing bath to get rid of stress and daily tensions.
Lemon balm infusion: Risks related to the use of lemon balm
As is a good idea to do whenever you decide to take a cure of your own initiative, even with lemon balm, always ask your doctor for advice, as there are some categories of people who are advised against taking this plant. First we find those who suffer from glaucoma. Even if you suffer from thyroid disease, or hyperthyroidism, minimize the use of any herbal medicine prepared with this herb because, with the properties described in the previous section, the thyroid gland is partially inhibited. In conclusion pay attention to any allergies of the skin and do not administer melissa in any form to pregnant women or women who are going through the phase of lactation, as they could easily form moments of hypersensitivity.