Growing Lemon Balm hydroponically in condo-farm

Lemon Balm also called Lemon Melissa. It is a perennial shrub with 10-40 centimeter height.

Botanical family Lamiaceae (mint).

It contains several essential oils that pass the blood-brain barrier easily and impacts brain activity.

The nutrients we get from eating Lemon Balm

This herb does not supply us with ‘regular nutrients’. It supplies us volatile oils that have some remedy effect. Its essential oils are in use by pharmaceutical companies to create perfumes and salves. As its oils are volatile, they can be used in aromatherapy way of treatment.

Table 1. Constituents of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) essential oil distilled from fresh leaves (Source)
Compounds Percentage
geranial 50.455
neral 31.97
citronellal 7.392
geranyl acetate 1.802
isomentol 1.44
methyl citronellate 0.695
β-caryophyllene 0.515
3-octanone 0.445
pentyl propanoate 0.295
cis-β-ocimene 0.267
methyl geranate 0.265
geraniol 0.227
perylene 0.17
mircene 0.135
Table 2. Constituents of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) essential oil distilled from dried leaves(Source)
Compounds Percentage
geranial 39.955
neral 31.03
citronellal 6.372
geranyl acetate 4.49
β-caryophyllene 2.71
methyl citronellate 1.2
3-octanone 0.935
geraniol 0.817
citronellol 0.772
cis-β-ocimene 0.725
Essential oil yield (mL plant-1) 0.57
methyl geranate 0.552
perylene 0.502
pentyl propanoate 0.332
linalool 0.312
mircene 0.275

In the above tables, we can see lemon type (“Citral”) essential oils. These oils have an attractive odor – indicating that they are beneficial to our bodies. When we smell them (or eat them), they get into our brain and do their magic there.
We can see from the tables above, that most of the oils exist in the fresh leaves. During drying, some of the essential oils evaporate. Leaving behind several oils that are stronger in the dried leaves oil extract. This suggests that every person should try the dry and fresh oils and see what is more ‘tasty’ for his body.

Scientific Studies on Lemon Balm

In a (commercially funded study) on children up to 12 years old. Essential oil of lemon balm with Valerian revealed excellent results. In restlessness and insomnia of those children. These herbs might be used to treat children with ADHD.

 

Double-blind research of Lemon Balm extract showed calming effects and reduction of “alertness” on young participants. The research indicates that positive effects are achieved by the interaction of the oil with nerve receptors. This study might indicate that Lemon Balm can be beneficial for children with ADHD.

 

A similar study where lemon balm and valerian (Valeriana officinalis) were given to a group of 24 people and assessed its influence. The doses were 600mg, 1200mg, and 1800mg. The 600mg and 1,200 mg doses reduced anxiety of the examinee with a reduction in cognitive performance. The 1,800mg dose showed some increase in anxiety and cognitive performance.

 

Research on people with severe dementia using Melon Balm aromatic treatment. Revealed significant improvement of those people with respect to constructive activities time. There was a decrease in agitation and social withdrawal.

 

Research on healthy young participants revealed notable cognitive and increased ‘calmness’ where the most significant effect was seen at the highest lemon balm dose of 1,600 mg. There was a decrease in memory time performance as the dose of the lemon balm increase.
This indicates that Melon balm is a proper herb to use in memory and restless situations.

 

Four-month study on Alzheimer patients using Lemon Balm extract. Revealed that Melon Balm is of value in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer diseases. And has a positive effect on agitation in such patients.

 

Study of women with low sex eager (“Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)” revealed some promising results. They measured Changes in scores of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain. Of women taking 500 mg of water extract of M. officinalis. This research position the Lemon Balm as an aphrodisiac.

Hyperactivity, concentration difficulties and impulsiveness improve during seven weeks’ treatment with valerian root and lemon balm extracts in primary school children. 169 primary school children suffering from hyperactivity and concentration difficulties were given a daily dose of 640 mg valerian root extract and 320 mg lemon balm extract. Then they have been evaluated by pediatricians and parents. The results were excellent. This indicates that this herb should be the first thing to try when dealing with hyperactive children. (As they also have no side effects).

An article in Phytomedicine magazine claims that: “A combination of valerian and lemon balm is effective in the treatment of restlessness and dyssomnia in children”.

Kids with ADHD – hyperactivity and attention issues – “now have proven natural alternatives to drugs. In the form of two safe herbs: Lemon balm and valerian root.”

Melissa extracts prevent Herpes Simplex virus infection in lab petri dish research.

Another research showed curing effects of lemon Balm salve on Herpes Simplex sour.

Studies showed that Lemon Balm can normalize Thyroid operation for patients with Hyperthyroid.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a herb with no side effects that have big influence on brain (and body) functions. We have seen that this herb can induce sleep on people with a sleep disorder. – Allowing them to function better in the day. It may induce calm on hyperactive people also.

It has antiviral effect and can be used to treat Herpes Simplex sours (cold sore).

It has a regulating effect on Hyperthyroidism. (This suggest that people with Hypothyroidism should use this herb with caution!). Lowering the thyroid glands activity can explain the calmness this herb induce.

Alzheimer patients showed significant behavioral enhancement using this herb in aromatic treatment. It involved less agitation and being much more friendly – being involved in social interactions. It improved memory operation as well.

Recipes using Lemon Balm

Calming tea for Tourette’s Syndrome or ADD recipe

Ingredients:

One-half teaspoon of Lemon Balm

One-half teaspoon of Chamomile

One-half teaspoon of St. John’s Wort

Preparation:

Steeped in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Take half a cup, three times a day.

Lip salve for a cold sore recipe

This salve is highly effective. Use it on Herpes Simplex sores or any other skin problems like itches.

Ingredients:

1 cup of chopped Lemon Balm leaves.

1 Cup of Coconut oil.

Preparation:

Put all the ingredients in a cooking pot. Place on a stove and cook it at low temperature for an hour. The coconut oil should bubble a little but not be too hot to burn the Lemon Balm leaves.

Let it cool. If you want to make it less solid, you can add several drops of olive oil and mix it in.

Place in a clean jar and use it as needed.

 

Lemon Balm butter recipe

This recipe is for tasty butter with fresh Lemon Balm leaves. It is tasty butter that can be spread on bread and eaten by children.

Ingredients:

200 grams butter.

Cup of chopped Lemon Balm leaves.

Two tablespoon honey.

Preparation:

Put all the ingredients in soup plate and place it in a microwave oven. Heat it for a minute to melt the butter. Mix thoroughly. Put it into a proper dish and place in the refrigerator. Keep some for your family.

Why should I grow Lemon Balm?

Growing Lemon Balm allows you to have a constant fresh supply of this herb. It grows fast and you can cut leaves to use regularly. Having a fresh supply of this herb can improve health conditions of family members and supply vital essential oil.

Fresh leaves can be cut and used in bedtime tea to induce sleep.

If you like its odor, it can give you natural ‘aromatherapy’ by just growing it in a room you are in.

How to grow Lemon Balm hydroponically

The proper season to grow Lemon Balm from seeds is autumn/winter. In other sessions use plants or shoots. Grow Lemon Balm seedling in nursery planters for about a month before transferring it to the hydroponic pots. It is slow sprouting – it can take two to five weeks.

I found in our local supermarket “Malissa with roots” package. Such a product can be used as a seedling.

The leaves are 1-3 cm long. Hairy leaves. Fast growing. It needs light but might suffer from direct sunlight. This makes it ideal for indoor growing.

The plant flower in the summer. The flowers are small white-purple flowers. It attracts bees to pollinate it while repelling insects and ants. You can eat the flowers too. If you are not interested in flowers and seeds, you should trim the flowers to keep the planet investing in growing leaves.

It reaches the size of 15-40 centimeter. You might want to trellis it if it grows too long.

 

Immediately check the impact of Lemon Bal on your body

Growing Lemon Balm until it is matured enough to be eaten can take two months. If you want to test the impact of Lemon Balm on your body, you can order the following products from iHerb, and get them in about a week. Then you can make an educated decision whether you want to grow Lemon Balm or not.



Silent Night Sleep Formula


Lemon Balm tincture


Lemon Balm, 90 Vegetarian Capsules


Lemon Balm Blend

Reference

Melissa herpes simplex@Pubmed

Valerian/lemon balm use for sleep disorders during menopause
S. Taavoni, N. Nazem ekbatani, H. Haghani

Memory-improving activity of Melissa officinalis extract in naïve and scopolamine-treated rats
M. Soodi,1,* N. Naghdi,2 H. Hajimehdipoor,3 S. Choopani,2 and E. Sahraei1

Memory-improving activity of Melissa officinalis extract in naïve and scopolamine-treated rats

Lemon BaLm – Lemon BaLm An Overview of its Versatility, Effectiveness, and Indications
Mary Bove, ND

Modulation of mood and cognitive performance following acute administration of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)
D.O. Kennedy Andrew B Scholey, N.T.J Tildesley E.K Perry K.A Wesnes

A Remarkable Herb Improves Memory and Mood

Aromatherapy as a Safe and Effective Treatment for the Management of Agitation
in Severe Dementia

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