Taste a little lemon balm this spring!


LEMON BALM

Commonly known as “melissa”, this wonderful herb comes from the Greek word, “mel” meaning honey. It’s bright green leaves are a common sight in many herb gardens. But why is it such a wonderful herb?

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ELIXIR OF YOUTH

The sixteenth century herbalist, Paracelsus called it the “elixir of youth” as it operates as an antibacterial, antidepressant, antiviral and a mild sedative.  It has long been hailed as a natural remedy for depression as well as acting as a gentle natural sedative for emotional upsets.

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DIGESTION

The real healing power of this fabulous herb is it’s wonderful effect on the digestion system. Lemon balm will ease most stomach upsets and digestive complaints, including morning sickness.

Next time you are feeling a little low or have a quest stomach, give lemon balm a chance to heal.

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No more Morning Sickness – Morning Mama ginger herbal tea to the rescue!


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“morning mama … a delicate blend of ginger root, chamomile flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel and orange peel”

Morning Mama

At Mama Tea we pride ourselves on the careful thought that has gone into each tea to make them safe for pregnancy and all mums and mums-to-be. Here’s some of the things we think are really great about morning mama herbal tea:

Ginger root – a wonderfully warming herb that has been in use by medical herbalists since records began. It is regarded as useful for controlling both nausea and coughing. It has traditionally been taken in pregnancy in teas, ginger beer, sweets and biscuits for morning sickness.

Chamomile – used by both the Greeks and the Anglo Saxons. Herbalists have used chamomile for nervous upset stomachs, nausea, insomnia and externally in creams for eczema, wounds, nappy rash and piles. In pregnancy it has been taken to combat nausea while it’s sedative properties are great for relieving anxiety and insomnia.

Lemon balm – a cooling herb regarded by one German herbalist as an “elixir of youth”, as late as the eighteenth century it was still being recommended to “renew youth”. Today it is used as an anti-depressant and as a digestive. In pregnancy it is used to ease digestive upsets, such as morning sickness, and a gentle sedative for emotional upsets.

Lemon peel and orange peel – these add a pleasant background flavour to the tea, in addition to this bitter orange has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat nausea and morning sickness.

The Mama suffered dreadful “morning” sickness when she was pregnant but wanted to take something natural that had been researched. Ginger biscuits made her feel worse as the smell of ginger was overpowering. Therefore when she thought up the idea for Mama Tea, she decided to make sure that the Tea Blender blended Morning Mama ginger herbal tea to be a subtle ginger aroma rather than overpowering. The result is a lovely warming blend that is energising and soothing.

To buy morning mama or find out about the other teas in the Mama Tea collection visit our website www.mamatea.com.


Herb of the Day – Lemon Balm


Lemon Balm (Botanical Name: Melissa Officinalis) was regarded by the German herbalist, Paracelsus as an “elixir of youth”. As late as the 18th century, lemon balm was still being recommended in “canary wine” to “renew youth”.

The botanical name Melissa is derived from the Greek word “Mel” for honey bee, and according to bee folklore if the beehive is rubbed with Lemon Balm the bees will not swarm and the fragrance will attract new bees. Apparently Lemon Balm was also a sacred herb used in the temple of Diana.

It is a nerve tonic and relaxant with antispasmodic and carminative actions, and makes an excellent remedy for mild depression, panic attacks, palpitations, irritability, restlessness and anxiety – especially if the anxiety is causing indigestion. It is also used for postnatal depression.

There have been several medical studies into Lemon Balm, given it’s reputation as an excellent remedy for depression. In one German placebo controlled study, volunteers tried doses of a lemon balm extract or placebo for 7 days. The result of this study showed that the higher dosage of lemon balm had a beneficial effect on the central nervous system, resulting in increased mood and significantly increased calmness and alertness.

Benefits:

  1. Anti-depressant
  2. Post-natal depression
  3. Digestive
  4. Tension headaches
  5. Colds
  6. Flu
  7. Lowers blood pressure
  8. Insomnia
  9. Indigestion
  10. Stomach ache
  11. Fevers
  12. Eczema