Olive oil relieves blisters by moisturizing the skin and providing antioxidants. First described in 1835 by Irish physician Sir Robert Graves, Graves disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland, causing it to enlarge to twice its normal size or more. It is believed that Melissa essential oil works by blocking the herpes simplex virus’ ability to attach to cells, thereby preventing the formation of cold sores. An aromatic, cooling, sedative herb that lowers fever, improves digestion, relaxes spasms and peripheral blood vessels, and inhibits thyroid activity. The dried leaves of lemon balm have medicinal properties that have been used since ancient Greece. According to double-blind research, topical use of a concentrated lemon balm extract speeds healing time of herpes simplex virus sores (cold sores) on the mouth. Lemon balm is another easy, no-fuss plant – you actually may find yourself fighting to keep it contained since it reseeds so easily.
It is known that keeping Lemon Balm in your garden and/or rubbing the leaves volatile oils inside their hives will attract the bees close to home, truly Nature’s little helpers. Antioxidant Rich: What makes this herb a wonderful addition in skin care products? Although there is less evidence on lemon balm in the treatment of HIV, people are including the herb in the combination of herbs they use to treat the virus. A remedy for cold sores involves soaking lemon balm tea bags in boiling water for about 15 minutes.