Metaphysical Properties Of Lemon Balm (Melissa)
Official Name: Melissa officinalis
Other Names: Bee Balm, Lemon Balsam, Melissa, Sweet Balm, Sweet Melissa, Tourengane, Oghoul
Metaphysical Powers: Love, Success, Healing
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Lemon Balm (Melissa)
- Soak the herb in wine for several hours, strain, and share with a friend to influence love.
- You can use it in spells to ensure success.
- If you keep bees rub it on the hives to attract new bees and retain the old ones.
Lemon balm, also known as Melissa, is a perennial herb of the mint family. The leaves, which have a pleasant lemon aroma, it is commonly used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of the various multi-herb mixture of products. The herb is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, but it's grown worldwide. Lemon balm has usually used to improve mood and cognitive function; its benefits don't stop there.
Lemon Balm is bound to the Moon and Water. It is used in rituals for healing, health, friendship, love, and success. Historically, it is a symbolic plant used to communicate messages between lovers. Carry Lemon Balm in a charm or sachet to find love or burn it as incense.
Lemon balm can soothe symptoms of stress, help in relaxation, and boost moods. In studies in 2014, scientists examined the mood and cognitive impacts of foods containing lemon balm. The same study showed the effects of lemon balm in improving cognitive function. Mixing lemon balm with valerian is said to relieve restlessness and sleep disorders such as insomnia. In 2006 found that children who took a combined dose experienced a 70 to 80 percent improvement in symptoms. Lemon balm can be used topically at the first sign of a cold sore.
Participants in 1999 studies used either a lemon balm or placebo cream on the affected area four times per day for five days. The researchers found that the lemon balm cream participants experienced fewer symptoms and healed faster than those who didn't. Lemon Balm may have a positive influence on the digestive system for those experiencing abdominal pain. A 2010 study measured the results of a cold dessert containing lemon balm on functional dyspepsia. Given its possible impact on your digestive system, lemon balm can help relieve feelings of nausea. Research also suggests that you may use lemon balm to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In 2015 a study of 100 high school girls found that lemon balm helped reduce the intensity of cramps.
Lemon balm helps treat headaches, especially if those resulting from stress. The relaxing properties can help unwind, release tension, and relax muscles. It's also though ingesting the herb can help open and relax tight blood vessels, which contribute to headaches.
Lemon balm has the potential to cause side effects like; headaches, painful urination, increased body temperature, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, wheezing, skin irritation, and possible allergic reactions
Minimize the side effects, such as stomach upset, by consuming lemon balm with food. Or by consuming less than 2 grams of lemon balm per day.