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In folk medicine, lemon balm has been used for more than 2000 years and even today, during the development of pharmacology, it does not give up its positions.
With the help of this plant they fight depression, insomnia, migraines, viruses, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders. Another remarkable property of lemon balm is to help normalize blood pressure.
The herb raises or lowers blood pressure, how does it affect blood vessels, can it be taken by people with low blood pressure, are there any prohibitions? About this in the article.
The use of the plant in the treatment of hypertension
Melissa officinalis as an independent unit in the treatment of hypertension is effective only in the first stage of the disease. For more serious deviations in blood pressure, the plant is useful only as an adjuvant.
At the same time, lemon balm in such cases should be used as part of herbal preparations and always in combination with traditional drug therapy.
but fragrant lemon balm is not recommended for people with low blood pressurein particular, we are talking about pressures below 90/60 mm. Despite the fact that the plant has a mild effect on the body, its regular intake can provoke a drop in blood pressure, thereby only aggravating the state of health.
Like any medicine, this herb is beneficial in moderation. Its medicinal effect will be noticeable only if the infusions are not made too strong and do not drink them often.
How is it useful?
The hypotensive effect of this plant is weak, so it can slightly reduce the pressure at the initial stage of the disease. If the situation is more complicated, then lemon balm teas and tinctures only help calm the nervous system.
For many, increased blood pressure is directly related to nervous disorders and anxiety. Melissa has an excellent sedative effect by calming the central nervous system. It also relieves headache, which is a constant companion of high blood pressure.
The healing property of lemon balm is due to essential oil, it contains only 0.1-0.3% in its composition. The amount of this component is determined by geography and climate.
The oil contains:
It also contains vitamins and minerals that treat hypertension:
- Potassium (458 mg).
- Phosphorus (60 mg).
- Sodium (30 mg).
- Calcium (199 mg).
- Vitamin C (13.3 mg).
- Vitamin A (203 mcg).
- Vitamin B1 (0.08 mg).
- Vitamin B2 (0.18 mg).
- Vitamin B6 (0.16 mg).
Harm, restrictions and contraindications
Melissa officinalis is useful only with high blood pressure, with hypotension it is contraindicated to take it: the herb tends not to increase, but only to lower blood pressure.
It is worth remembering that due to its composition, the plant has a calming effect on the body, due to which the nervous system relaxes.
Therefore, you should not get carried away with the treatment of lemon balm for drivers, people associated with the maintenance of complex mechanisms and equipment, and everyone whose work requires a lot of concentration. If you really want to drink tea with fragrant lemon balm, then it is better to do it before bedtime.
It is also not recommended to use the herb for personal intolerance to the body. This should be checked before starting treatment. You need to drink 50 grams of tincture. If, after a day, the state of health does not deteriorate, you can safely start the course.
How to use?
The herb for lowering blood pressure is used both fresh and dry.... The latter is a great option for harvesting for the winter. Fresh lemon balm leaves are used to make:
- Add to dishes.
The most traditional drink for hypertension is lemon balm tea. The herb goes well with all types of tea, the drink can be drunk hot and chilled. The benefits of the product will remain in any case.
The second most popular remedy for high blood pressure is lemon balm tincture.
- Pour a tablespoon of dried herb or two tablespoons of fresh herb with 400 ml of hot water. It is important that it is not boiling!
- Close the vessel with the contents tightly and leave to infuse for 5-7 hours.
- The resulting product is taken daily for 2 tablespoons in the morning and evening.
Melissa treatment should be carried out in courses, usually it is 3-4 weeks... After a break is made for several months and the course is repeated. The plant in different forms needs to be consumed daily, but not too often. Optimally - 3 times a day.
Do not be fanatical about this product and add it to everything you eat and drink. For the treatment of hypertension, it is enough to put lemon balm only in tea or drink exclusively tincture from it. Oversaturation of the body can only harm health.
What to combine with to increase the benefits?
To normalize blood pressure, lemon balm can be combined with:
- Cloves... 5 dessert spoons of cloves and 1 dessert spoon of lemon balm pour 300 ml of hot water and let it brew for half an hour. This infusion should be drunk 100 ml three times a day before meals.
- Valerian root... Pour 400 ml of hot water over two tablespoons of valerian and one spoonful of lemon balm and leave to infuse in a dark place. After 5 hours, drink heads to drink. It should be drunk daily before bed. Valerian enhances the sedative effect.
- pharmaceutical camomile... One tablespoon of flowers and a tablespoon of lemon balm are poured with water and infused for 2-3 hours. Drink infusion 100 ml before meals.
Also, the healing effect of lemon balm is increased by hawthorn, mint, periwinkle.
Melissa officinalis is a good way to lower blood pressure., but it helps only in the first stage of the disease. The plant has a cumulative healing effect, so it should be taken in courses lasting one month.
To enhance the positive effect on pressure, lemon balm can be combined with other herbs - chamomile, valerian, cloves. It should be remembered that this is a sedative herb and should not be taken by drivers or people who require increased concentration.