Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb in the mint family and this lovely scented creature is one of our favorite plants. The lemon balm in the Autmun share's tea blend was harvested from our gardens as well as Root Down Farm in Pescadero and is included because of its potent antiviral properties and its ability to ease colds, coughs and fevers. Lemon balm is also a powerful nervine that helps to calm anxiety, stress and tension and can ease stomach troubles, like gas and nausea, that are often caused by nervous tension. Lemon balm is also a mood elevator and can act as a mild antidepressant (for a nutritive nervous system tonic, Finn likes lemon balm in combination with oats and nettles.) For cranky children or frustrated adults, a cup of lemon balm tea can help everyone to calm down. Herbalist Karyn Sander also uses small spirit doses of lemon balm tincture to support clients in healing from sexual trauma.
If you have any garden space we suggest you plant some lemon balm! This adaptable plant even grows well in pots and can tolerate shade and the more your harvest its fragrant tops, the more leaves it will produce. <3