Lemon balm is a plant native to Greece which resembles to spearmint. It took its name by the love that bees have for this plant, due to the high content of flower nectar.
In ancient times considered to be the elixir of youth and was used by alchemists and priests for various formulations. It was dedicated to the goddess Artemis.
The aromatic and medicinal properties were known since ancient times, while women in the medieval times, filled amulets with lemon balm and used them as erotic charms.
Lemon balm is known for its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. Its consumption helps to relieve anxiety and stress, while it is effective in cases of insomnia. At the same time, stimulates the heart and circulatory system. Studies have shown that presents a strong antioxidant activity and protects against ulcers. The research also shows that lemon balm is good for enhancing memory.
It is used in cooking meats, poultry, fish, cheeses, soups, fruits, drinks, teas. Because of its intense flavor, resembling to that of lemon, enhances the flavor of foods that contain lemon.
To make drink of lemon balm, in boiling water, add 1 tablespoon of dried lemon balm. Leave it for 5 and strain. It is advisable to cover the pot, so that the steam, which is rich in essential oils with therapeutic properties, remains inside. This way you will gain the full benefit of its use.