Episode 140:
Lemon Balm with Maria Noël Groves

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Maria Noel Groves Lemon Balm Herbs

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Episode Summary

This is Maria Noël Groves’s second time on the show, and I’m thrilled to have her back!  You can tell that Maria is an herbal teacher, because this episode is packed with in-depth herbal information about the lemon balm herb.  She shares so much wisdom about lemon balm’s gifts that I just  can’t wait to get into the garden and work with this wonderful plant again!

Maria also shared many ways to work with lemon balm, including her recipe for Lemon Balm Fresh Tincture. The free, downloadable and printable recipe card can be found in the section below.

When might you turn to lemon balm? Here are just a few instances when lovely lemon balm can be helpful:

► When you want to improve your focus

► When you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, and need some nervous system support

► When you need some immune system and antiviral support

But in all of these cases, you need to know how to source or prepare the most potent herbal medicines with the lemon balm herb. Otherwise, your results will probably be disappointing. Tune in to the entire episode for all the details so you can enjoy the most lemon balm benefits!

By the end of this episode, you’ll know:

► How herbs can help to support you in getting a good night’s sleep

► What makes lemon balm such a powerful herbal ally

► Why it’s important to source high-quality lemon balm (or grow your own!)

► Three tips for harvesting lemon balm when it is most potent

► Maria’s tips for making a glycerite with lemon balm

► Why it’s best to get to know herbs by working with them, rather than simply reading lists about what they’re “good for”

► and so much more…

For those of you who don’t know her, Maria Noël Groves is a clinical herbalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. Her business, Wintergreen Botanicals, is devoted to education and empowerment via herbal courses, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of the books Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies, and the new Herbal Remedies for Sleep.

I’m thrilled to share our conversation with you today.

What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:11] Introduction to Maria Noël Groves
  • [02:27] Updates from Maria since her last appearance on the show
  • [04:09] Herbal Remedies for Sleep
  • [11:08] The medicinal benefits of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • [23:04] Grow your own lemon balm!
  • [25:44] Fresh Lemon Balm Tincture
  • [29:22] Lemon balm and the thyroid
  • [35:26] Working with your own lemon balm
  • [40:49] Closing thoughts about lemon balm
  • [43:38] Learning opportunities with Maria
  • [45:47] How herbs instill hope in Maria
  • [50:17] Herbal tidbit

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