Refreshing Lemon Balm Tea – Great Hangover Cure!
Lemon balm grows in abundance at Upper House Farm (The Teear abode), in-fact is gets a little out of control and takes over the flower beds. So, have to find uses and today (Sunday not Monday!) I’m hungover and lemon balm is wonderfully soothing and refreshing. Teear’s a Leicester supporter and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll be aware they surprisingly won the premiership. I’m not a big football follower but would’ve been rude not to have joined in the celebrations… Feeling rough today though!
Actually lemon balm has a plethora of benefits, including aiding restful sleep. A placebo-controlled trial found menopausal women suffering with sleep disruptions reported much better sleep after taking a lemon balm/valerian extract compared to those taking the placebo.
Lemon Balm Benefits:
Reading through the benefits, it covers a number of menopause issues, perfect for me!
- Encourages restful sleep – As above, great for disrupted sleep.
- Calms The mind – Used for centuries as a popular oil in aromatherapy.
- Makes the skin look younger – Lemon balm is still frequently featured in many cosmetics
- Boost alertness – An Australian study noted improved alertness in participants supplementing with the herb in addition to feelings of calm and an improved, more positive mood.
- Sharpens Memory and Problem Solving – patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have seen improvements based on several recent studies. In one Chinese study eugenol, a powerful antioxidant found in lemon balm, and acupuncture helped test subjects recover memory-related functions.
- Supports the liver – In one trial lemon balm proved effective as a liver drug in protecting the organ from the damaging effects caused by toxins (Prosecco!!). It also supports the liver’s production of two of the human body’s natural antioxidants: glutathione and superoxide dismutase.
- Powerful Antioxidant – Lemon balm is loaded with antioxidants that keep your cells safe from free radical damage.
- Supports Normal Blood Sugar – Many herbs that support antioxidant levels also help balance blood sugar.
- Protects Brain Cells – Beyond the positive effect on memory, thinking, and calmness, research suggests lemon balm protects the physical brain from damage. Eugenol neutralizes free radicals before they can attack brain cells. Rosmarinic acid, another key compound in lemon balm, has shown promise in the treatment of stroke victims. Research with animal models shows that given shortly after a stroke, lemon balm appears to protect areas of the brain against damage
Blimey, that’s pretty compelling evidence as a SUPER herb! And its grows wild, readily and happily in a sunny spot, it’s organic if you don’t use pesticides like us and SO easy to use.
Easy as this: Pick, put in the teapot, pour boiling water over, steep and drink! – I’ve drunk two pots and have to say feeling refreshed and hydrated – can’t stop weeing!
Never drinking white wine again!!!