Lemon Balm is part of the Rayhan (Arabic) family, that is mentioned in the Quran,
Surat Ar Rahman 55, verse 12.
“And grain having husks and scented plants/rehan”
I love the smell of lemon balm and have been using the aromatherapy oil from it which can sometimes be called Melissa which is the Greek version of the name Deborah, the Queen Bee that annually killed her male consort.
What is interesting Islamically about this herb is that it falls under two Quranic food heading, one is herbage and the other is Reyhan, sweet smelling herbs of paradise.
As well as aromatherapy oil , the leaves of this beautiful lush plant can be used for cooking and medicine.
Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products.
Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.
It is also very useful in menopause and cognitive aging.
The Huffinton Post recently cited,
Lemon balm, an herb used commonly in tea, has recently been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s. Lemon balm is an antioxidant that stimulates acetylcholine receptors, and it also works as a mild sedative
Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves’ disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.
Lemon balm is inhaled as aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Some people apply lemon balm to their skin to treat cold sores (herpes labialis).
In foods and beverages, the extract and oil of lemon balm are used for flavoring.
How does it work?
Lemon balm contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. It might also reduce the growth of some viruses.
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