Lemon balm, melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family that includes also lavender, mint and rosemary. Obtained through steam distillation, the lemon balm water has a very pleasant scent, that reminds that of lemon.
Lemon balm water, properties and uses
This beauty water has a relaxing, calming and anxiolytic action, thanks to the properties of lemon balm on the nervous system (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014). It therefore can be sprayed on the face before going to sleep to promote sleep and fight stress and insomnia. You can also prepare wraps with lemon balm water in case of headaches caused by nervousness and agitation. Moreover, the water of lemon balm is an excellent tonic for the face, it regulates sebum, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it increases the elasticity of the skin by preserving collagen and elastin, the two main proteins of the skin (Yui et al, J Nutr Sci Vitaminol, Jun 2016). Therefore, you can spray lemon balm water before applying your usual face cream in case of acne and oily skin, sensitive and dry skin but also mature skin given the anti-age action of the product. Since the lemon balm also makes the skin soft and soothes irritation and inflammation, it can also be used as an aftershave or to relieve sunburns. In the case of greasy hair, before washing it, you can spray a little bit of lemon balm on the scalp, massage and let it work for 10 minutes, the lemon balm will help soothe itching and will balance sebum production, then go on with the usual shampoo.
Lemon balm water, also against herpes
Finally, lemon balm has an antiviral action reported by scientific studies and wraps prepared with this special water applied several times a day may be useful for cold sores (Ubricht et al, Journal of herbal pharmacotherapy, 2005).