Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. It’s a carminative, sedative, antiviral, antispasmodic, antidepressant and a general nervous system tonic and relaxant. This makes it useful for dyspepsia especially when it is accompanied with anxiety. A mild anti-depressant it is calming and soothing to the mind as well as the digestion, and will gently lift the spirits. Not only that it is a powerful antiviral and can be used topically for viral infections like herpes – including conditions like chicken pox, shingles and cold sores.

But most of all, it makes a kick ass cuppa – especially when used fresh. Just a few sprigs in a tea pot and you’re away. Massively refreshing, it’s like a hug in a mug. Give it a go!