Lemon balm, also classified as Melissa officinalis, is a lemon-scented plant that most insects (except bees) will typically stay away from. It also has some great beneficial qualities for your pet!
Lemon balm, also classified as Melissa officinalis, is a lemon-scented plant that most insects (except bees) will typically stay away from.
It will be a dominant grower in your garden if left feral and can be harvested several times from June through September. The dried or fresh aerial parts may be used for healing purposes.
Benefits of Lemon Balm
Lemon balm contains at least eight antiviral compounds, eight sedative compounds, and twelve anti-inflammatory components. While it is most widely known for its use as a carminative and antidepressant, lemon balm also has antibacterial, antihistaminic, antispasmodic, and antioxidant properties.
Lemon balm can slow thyroid function, lower blood pressure, expel intestinal gas, and increase perspiration. It is also believed to block iodide uptake and inhibit antibodies from attaching to thyroid cells, especially with felines that are hyperthyroid. This herb can also have a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system, causing mild vasodilation.
Lemon Balm Products We Recommend
- Isle of Dogs Chillout Treat