Your head hits the pillow… and your eyes pop wide open.
All the events of the day come rushing back to you. And no lullaby can chase the thoughts of them away.
If you find it impossible to “settle down”… even when you’re lying down… you might want to try everything short of a hammer to knock yourself out.
But you don’t need a tranquilizer dart to calm your brain– even when it’s acting like a beast.
There’s a gentle, soothing way to rock yourself to sleep…
And it’s an ancient, divine herb that can bring a mental roar down to a gentle buzz.
The ‘Queen Bee’ of sleep aids
To be honest, what caught my eye about lemon balm wasn’t its soothing reputation.
It was its scientific name — Melissa officinalis, or “Melissa” for short.
I’d like to think that this calming herb and I share the same namesake — the clairvoyant priestesses of Apollo’s temple in Ancient Delphi.
But actually, the moniker Melissa is more commonly associated with something more commonplace…
In Greek, it means “honeybee.”
Ancient Greeks considered bees sacred and powerful– and nearly every ancient tradition, from the Hindus to the Mayans, revere bees in the form of a god or goddess.
In Greek mythology, the ability of the prophetic women known as “Melissa” to conjure bees contributed to their divinity.
Lemon balm, therefore, gets its name for its ability to attract bees.
Among the medicinal herbs with a long tradition of use, lemon balm is considered one of the best with nervine activities – that is, calming to the nervous system.
As early as 5th century France[SH3] , Melissa water – or eau de Melisse– was used as a calming tonic.
And it became particularly popular as a cure for insomnia during the Middle Ages and Renaissance period.
Modern research has shown that taking lemon balm can improve sleep in just 15 days.
A study published in 2011 found that 95% of participants responded in some way to treatment with a standardized extract of lemon balm…
And a whopping 85% of them saw their insomnia go into FULL REMISSION.
What’s more, 70% saw a COMPLETE REVERSAL of both anxiety AND insomnia.
The way it works is simple…
It increases the availability of a neurotransmitter known as GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain.
GABA is what “turns off” your central nervous system when it’s time to rest.
And if there’s one thing that folks with insomnia have in common… it’s that their levels of GABA are reduced… and they can’t “shut down” for the night.
Lemon balm is most often used in conjunction with other calming herbs, like valerian.
So, if you’ve tried natural sleep remedies and you’re still staring at the ceiling all night long… try adding lemon balm to the mix.
Adds a pleasant lemony flavor to salads, cooked dishes, or tea by using the fresh leaves of lemon balm.
Or, look for supplements that include a patented, standardized extract called Cyracos.
You can also find lemon balm as an essential oil for use in aromatherapy.
A possible side effect?
It might make you drowsy!