Heal Herpes Naturally

Lemon balm is a wonderful herb that grows almost anywhere. It grows as a perennial. Lemon balm has toothed shaped leaves, and flowers in mid summer. The leaves need to picked for use before it flowers. After the plant flowers, all the energies go to the flower, and the leaves lose some of it's potency. Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, and as such will take over your garden if you let it. It has a soft lemony scent, and makes a wonderful tea. You can drink the tea both hot and cold. It makes a delicious iced tea in summer. Add some lemon, or a bit of mint, and relax in the shade of a tree. Lemon balm is a relaxing herb, grown for it's herbal nervine action on the body. A nervine acts to calm the nerves. Herbs work at a cellular level, so sometimes it does take some time to work.

Lemon balm or as it is sometimes known, Melissa has been used for herbal healing for years. Herbal healers centuries ago would use it both internally and externally. Internally as a tonic to lift the spirits. Externally, it is used quite the same as it was then, as it is today.

Melissa officinalis is the Latin name for lemon balm. Melissa is actually the Greek word for bee. Bee's love the lemon balm plant after it flowers, so I can see where that would come from.

Topically, lemon balm is used for healing herpes. Herpes can be a painful condition. Lemon balm contains natural chemicals that help control the pain, and heal the sore. It is also helpful for people suffering from shingles pain. Both herpes and shingles is from the same virus family.

When used consistently, lemon balm can help stop future outbreaks. If the outbreaks don't stop completely, they are said to lessen when using lemon balm salve.

To use lemon balm for herpes, you can use an oil, ointment, salve or cream. You can also use it as a tincture. Spread it gently onto the sore at least 3-4 times a day while symptoms.

While herbs are a natural product, they are still medicine. Lemon balm, and all other herbs should be treated with the same respect as their medical counterparts.

Lemon balm should be avoided by persons with hypothyroidism, especially if taking Synthroid, Levothyroxine, or other thyroid hormone. Lemon balm can inhibit the absorption of the medicine.

Lemon balm should not be taken for long periods of time. It can alter the thyroid into becoming hyperthyroid.


Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)Credit: Cloverleaf FarmCredit: Cloverleaf Farm