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How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety and Get Natural Sleep With Herbs: Health Benefits of Lemon Balm and Valerian. 1 of 2

Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Valeriana Officinalis

Red Valerian Not to be Confused with Valeriana Officinalis

Red valerian, also known as Centranthus ruber, Drunken Sailor, Fox's bush, Jupiter's Beard, Pretty Betsy, Red Spur, Valerian and Bouncing Bess among others.

Red valerian, also known as Centranthus ruber, Drunken Sailor, Fox's bush, Jupiter's Beard, Pretty Betsy, Red Spur, Valerian and Bouncing Bess among others.

Herbs To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

Let's face it; modern life can be as stressful as hell. Increasingly, more people are searching for natural ways to relieve stress and anxiety to enjoy a long and healthy life. Maintaining balance in our life is not something we can easily achieve. For a healthy mind and body, we need sleep.

Clinical research suggests that we need an average of about 7.5 to 8 hours quality sleep per night to allow the body enough time to perform the necessary cleansing, repairing and healing required for optimal health.

Throughout the ages, different cultures have used Herbal medicine. Plants have been sustaining life for as long as humans have walked the earth. Witches, wise women, midwives, nuns and monks have all used medicinal herbs like lemon balm and Valerian to induce sleep and calm the nerves for centuries. But in this time of high technology and quick fixes, have we forgotten the source of most of our conventional medicines?

According to the CDC, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. 30% of the population suffers from insomnia; we now get 20% less sleep than people did 100 years ago. More than 50% of Americans lose sleep due to stress and anxiety. Between 40 and 60% of individuals over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.

Doctors once widely prescribed Hypnotics/sedatives but most of these drugs are habit-forming and shown in recent studies to cause death when taken in excess or over a period. Some research suggests that certain herbal remedies can work as well without the dangerous side effects.

The use of medicinal herbs is rooted in human history, plants such as Lemon Balm goes way back to the 'Materia Medica¹ around 50 - 80 BC.

Lemon Balm For Herbal Remedies

Lemon balm was once highly regarded as a sacred herb in ancient Turkey. One of the rarest essential oil, requiring 12,000 pound of leaves to yield a single pound of Melissa essential oil.

Lemon balm was once highly regarded as a sacred herb in ancient Turkey. One of the rarest essential oil, requiring 12,000 pound of leaves to yield a single pound of Melissa essential oil.

Herb Garden Idea

The Shakespeare garden in the Elizabethan herb garden at Mellon Park Pittsburgh.

The Shakespeare garden in the Elizabethan herb garden at Mellon Park Pittsburgh.

Discovering Herbs

I discovered a passion for gardening, especially herbs and flowers when I left England and moved back to the Grenadines, my ancestral home and where I enjoyed a few years of idyllic childhood before moving to the U.K.

My husband and I had visited the islands on many occasions and loved the slow, relaxed lifestyle. The thought of never having to board the 06.35 from Berkhamsted to London again was irresistible; the decision to make a more permanent move to the Caribbean was not a difficult one to take.

We bought some land and began to erect a building containing four self-catering holiday apartments and boldly jumped into the world of tourism. We invested in the small business in the hope that it would supplement our early retirement, but more importantly, the move allowed us to be close to my mother who was getting on in years, coping on her own was becoming progressively difficult since the death of my father a few years earlier.

My husband immediately took to island life, and soon got into the swing of building in the Caribbean, which turned out to be a steep learning curve. However; he adapted pretty well, and promptly learned how to sidestep some of the numerous pitfalls we encountered along the way, (those, I'll revisit another day).

I took on the garden, choosing to do most of the work myself, a daunting task, but also an exciting prospect. Soon I was getting down and dirty designing and planting my very first garden from scratch.

My parents had moved back to the Grenadines a few years earlier; my mum now had a thriving tropical garden with masses of flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. Her garden was my inspiration and a ready source of beautiful stock for my new project for which I took full advantage. Well isn't that what mums are for?

I found the land amazingly fertile; most things grew easily. In what seemed like no time at all, my new organic garden had taken on a life of its own with colourful Bougainvillea, Golden Trumpet, Anthurium, Oleander, Hibiscus, Jasmine and so much more, all competing to dazzle us with their eye-popping display. I was encouraged; it was all worthwhile.

I'd found my green fingers, and my new organic garden amply rewarded my effort by yielding my first crop of vegetables, fruits, flowers and wonderfully aromatic herbs. To the local children, I was the strange lady from England who collected cattle manure to take home, I enjoyed every moment.

I began to learn about the health benefits of organic herbs and found that the Caribbean was so much more than a holiday destination to soak up the sun and laze in the warm sea. The Caribbean region is also a biodiversity hotspot for medicinal plants. The knowledge of these unique plants grown in the sun-drenched Grenadines has traditionally passed down through folklore and oral tradition. The lack of documentation was a real challenge for me. I collected some medicinal herbs and attempted to list and translate the local names to the known horticultural plants and the many uses attributed to them.

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People began to leave small gifts on my doorstep. My very first papaya plant, coconut palm, lemongrass, and a type of pungent large leaf thyme which the local referred to as 'Big Thyme', I grew from these generous gifts.

I would regularly pick the brains of my mum and her friends as they consumed numerous cups of a bitter mixture of medicinal herbs known as 'black bush tea' that seemed to be a cure-all for whatever ails you.

I'm now writing a set of articles on the medicinal benefits of my favourite herbs, some originated from the Caribbean, others I've grown over the years here in England. For my first article in this series, I chose Rosemary, a herb shown to improve memory and one of my all-time favourite. Lemon Balm is another, as is Valerian, which I've grown for many years, the former to attract honey bees and for the incredible scent, the latter for its beautiful flowers, but there's so much more to Lemon Balm and Valerian.

I discovered The Joy of Growing and Using Herbs

This is where I created my very first garden and where friends and neighbours left gifts of herbs at the gate.

This is where I created my very first garden and where friends and neighbours left gifts of herbs at the gate.

Lemon Balm Makes a Calming and Refreshing Tea at Bed Time


Melissa Essential Oil Strengthening, Revitalizing, Soothing and Calming

Lemon Balm Herbal Remedy

Tea made from the leaves of Lemon Balm has been used to soothe a headache, relieve tension, toothache and morning sickness during pregnancy.

Lemon balm, botanical name, 'Melissa Officinalis,' family Labiatae or Lamiaceae, (of the mint and dead nettle family).

Lemon Balm emits a wonderfully fragrant lemony aroma. The plant came to Europe from the Middle East where the leaves are still used today for making a refreshing tea known for its healing and some say, magical powers.

In ancient Turkey, drinking lemon balm tea was believed to promote a long and happy life, the herb was used medicinally, to relieve headaches and tension, and taken as a general health tonic.

Lemon Balm was one of the ancient strewing herbs used for keeping the home smelling sweet. The plant's antimicrobial properties helped to reduce infection. Once associated with love and happiness; lovers wore armlets made from it. The fresh leaves of Lemon balm make a cool refreshing summer drink added to fruit cups and salads. The fresh lemony taste makes this herb a perfect accompaniment to fish dishes.

The botanical name 'Melissa' comes from the Greek word for bee. Melissa was a mythological character, a mountain nymph who hid Zeus from his father, Cronus.

Cronus was intent on devouring his son, Melissa hid Zeus in the hills and fed him goat's milk from Amalthea ², and honey for which he developed a permanent taste. Cronus found out what Melissa had done and in a murderous rage turned her into an earthworm, Zeus took pity and transformed her into a beautiful bee.

Lemon balm was a favourite in the ancient world and later used by monks to attract bees for the production of a particularly delicious honey. The Greeks were known to rub their hives with the leaves of the herb to keep the bees happy and close to home.

Some cultures still regard Lemon Balm tea as beneficial for brain function and memory. The Germans have approved a standard license for the use of Lemon Balm tea for nervous agitation and sleeping disorders.

The herb extract was used in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease in 2003, randomized placebo-controlled trial. The study found that patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease receiving Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) experienced significant benefits in cognition after sixteen weeks of treatment.

Lemon Balm is a perennial herb, there are many types, but most have a typically yellowish-green oval pointed leaves with toothed edges. The flowers vary in colour, from white to a pale mauve, and bloom from July to September. The plant commonly grows to a height of about 60 cm (2 ft) by the end of the season. It is easy to grow, so much so, that if the roots are not contained, the plant will quickly take over the whole garden. The herb will grow in any soil, but when grown on rich soil it emits a much stronger scent.

The delightful fragrance of lemon balm makes this herb a pleasure to have in the garden or indeed indoors. Like most aromatic herbs, Lemon Balm makes a useful addition to a potpourri or herb cushion.


Botanical name for Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis

² Foster-mother of Zeus


Lemon Balm is Easy to Grow, Use to Relieve Headache, Tension, Anxiety and Sleep Problems

Health Benefits, Uses and Side Effects of Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is the ideal plant to start a herb garden. it will self-seed, easy to grow and a very useful herb to have. Lemon balm essential oil is one of the most expensive to buy, the tea is refreshing and uplifting.

UsesSide Effects How it works

Used in the treatment of cold sore (herpes labialis)


Lemon balm may help to reduce the growth of some viruses. The antiviral properties in lemon balm appears to speed up healing of cold sores and reduces the symptoms when applied as a cream.

Used in the treatment of digestive problems such as bloating, upset stomach and vomiting

Taken by mouth, lemon balm can cause some side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness and wheezing.

Lemon balm has been used traditionally as a gas-relieving herb to aid digestion.

Enhance sleeping patterns


Studies have found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm to be effective in improving the quality of sleep.

Help to reduce anxiety, histeria and meloncholia

Study found that taking too much can increase anxiety. For success, it is important to use the correct dosage.

Shown to have calming effect. In a study of healthy volunteers, people who took lemon balm extract (600 mg) were more calm and alert than those who took a placebo.

Inhibits the growth of cancer cells.


Ethanolic extract of lemon balm has been shown to have proliferative inhibition for cancer cells and may be beneficial for development of chemotherapeutic agents.

Attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

Some information suggests that lemon balm might be safe when taken in appropriate amounts by infants for up to one week and by children under the age of 12 for up to one month. Although Lemon balm is on the FDA's GRAS list, the herb has not been studied in children with sleep disorder or ADHD. However, a new study published in May 2014 found that a combination of Valerian root and lemon balm extracts, improve hyperactivity, concentration problems and impulsiveness in children.

Shown to have a calming effect

Graves' disease (hyperthyroidism)

Believed to be safe but before use consult your health practitioner.

Lemon balm used to normalize overactive thyroid. Studies found that lemon balm blocks the attachment of antibodies to the thyroid cells that causes Graves' disease.

Prevent Infection and relieve muscle and joint pain


Proven to have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Contains powerful antioxidants. Shown to improve intracellular antioxidants status and reduce DNA damage.

Beneficial for memory, may be beneficial in treating Alzheimer's disease.


Recent studies suggest that lemon balm stimulates the brain acetylcholine (ACh) receptors. ACh is the primary neurotransmitter linked to brain activity related to cognitive functions. Reduction in ACh levels and activity are among the primary neurological factor in the development of Alzheimer's Disease.







Health Benefits, Uses and Side Effects of valerian

Valerian root may have a positive effect on anxiety, but like most herbal remedies, there are few research conducted, therefore, while valerian may help in the short term, it should not be relied on for long term use.

Uses and Health BenefitsSide Effects Includes:How it Works

Enhances Sleep Patterns in people suffering from insomnia.

Dizziness, fatigue

Valerian roots are known to have a mild sedative effect when taken as a supplement. Valerian reduces the length of time it takes to fall into a deep sleep. Research suggests that valerian may help insomnia, but there is a lack of clinical data to confirm this. Valerian has been approved by the German government as a treatment for sleep problems.

Nervous Asthma

Believed to be safe when used in correct medicinal dose.

Relieve anxiety and psychological stress. Ability to relax smooth muscles may help to reduce asthma symptoms.

Hysteria, stress and anxiety


Sedative effect on the brain and nervous system. Test for the effectiveness of valerian have proven to be inconclusive.

Headaches and migraine

Headaches, dizziness itching, stomach problems,excitability and uneasiness.

The scientists do not know how valerian works to ease migraine symptoms in some suffers. They believe that the compounds that causes the relaxing and calming effects may also ease the condition.





May interact with other medications

Valerian appears to have a sedative effect on the brain and nervous system.

Mild tremors


Believed to have a calming effect, works by increasing GABA chemical in the brain


Valerian can potentially interact with sedative medication.

Valerian is believed to be able to increase neurotransmitter (GABA) activity to calm the brain. Antispasmodic properties may help to reduce spasm and convulsions.


Valerian may interact with certain medications

Valerian root extract is believed to increase specific brain chemical (GABA) that can be useful in the treatment of ADHD. Combination of lemon balm extract and valerian root found to improve symptoms in children.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)


Little research available on the use of Valerian for CFS. Since symptoms of the condition includes insomnia, anxiety, depression and poor sleep quality, valerien may help.

Menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms including hot flushes and anxiety


While valerian has not been researched for it's effectiveness in treating menstrual cramp, it has been shown to relax spasmodic contraction of smooth muscles such as the uterus and intestines.

More People are Turning to Natural Herbal Remedies

How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety; Get Natural Sleep With Herbs: Health Benefits Of Lemon Balm and Valerian. 2 of 2


Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 31, 2014:

Flourish, you're spoiling me today, so nice to see your beautiful smile. Yes, we do need sufficient quality sleep to function well. Many people take conventional sedatives for far longer than they should and according to recent studies, this can be dangerous. The studies for herbal sedative are encouraging, but we still need more research. Thank you for reading and commenting, my very best to you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 30, 2014:

Sleep is so restorative and refreshing and is so vital to our survival. Insomnia and stress rob us of so much. Using herbs to assist in a natural sleep is much more preferable than Ambien, less expensive, and safer, too.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 04, 2014:

Jackie, so nice to see you! Sadly most of the herbs have died down except for the evergreen like lavender, no flowers of course, but the leaves are aromatic and there's always plenty of rosemary and sage. I had my last cup of lemon balm tea when I wrote this hub, and as you can see by the image, the leaves were already weathering but they will be back in the spring to take over the garden.:) Thank you so much for stopping by, always a pleasure. I hope all is well with you, my best always.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 03, 2014:

My kind of hub; can't get too much of herbs and natural ingredients. I always wanted to try the Valerian and even had a bottle up until a few days ago (finally outdated) but medicines I am on stopped me from trying. Love the lemon balm though and all my herbs I planted this year are frozen out but sure hope they come back good in the spring. ^+ as always a terrific job!

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 02, 2014:

Hi Devika, I'm glad you found this hub useful, we seem to have lost a lot of knowledge about medicinal herbs. Talk to the older generation, you'll be surprise how much valuable information you'll be able to collect. It's a great idea writing about unusual herbs, good luck with the books. You're motivated and very focus, I know you're going to do well. My best always.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 02, 2014:

Any unique herbs gets my attention as of what you have mentioned here. I am working on my second book on unusual herbs and so far researching daily to form this book and kindle edition. I found this hub helpful and most valuable.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 29, 2014:

Kathleen, I'm so glad this information proved to be useful, I hope your friend is able to find what's needed.

I'm always learning about herbs and natural alternative medication. The history of how these plants were used is fascinating.

Thank you for taking the time and for sharing, a real pleasure. Enjoy your weekend and my best to you.

Kathleen Kerswig on November 28, 2014:

Thank you so much for all of this information. I have a friend who was talking to me about this subject today. I'm going to send her your link so she can read it and follow your suggestions. Blessings to you for helping others with this informative hub. ~ KK

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

ChitrangadaSharan, nice to see you. Thanks for taking a look, I'm so glad you found the hub helpful. It's good that people are willing to try herbal remedies to see what works best for them. As you know, many of the herbs we are now rediscovering have been used and documented for thousands of years, when we do the studies, more often than not, the result confirms what was already known.

Take care and my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:, you're most welcome.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

MsDora, beds, borders, hedges, pots and pans, place them in the right position give the the right soil and drainage they'll grow just as well. It's nice to have a kitchen or herb garden but not everyone have the space, you seem to be doing OK. :) thank you for the visit, it's always a pleasure to see you. My best always.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

Hi word55, so lovely to see you! Less teaching, more sharing, I hope. :) but you've got it right, herbs are underrated.

Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your turkey.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

Alicia, thank you so much for reading this. The tables are pretty tedious to use, but a good way to present quick and relevant information. I'm so please you found it useful. I wish there were more well designed clinical studies for herbal medicine, hopefully, with increased demand, more money will go into research. Much appreciated, take care and my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

Hi aesta1, just the thought of drinking tea in the Maldives is enough to improve my mood. :) I'm glad to know that the herb worked well for you, keep drinking the tea. Thank you for the visit and comment, my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

Hi Bobbi, my grandmother also tried to teach me about medicinal herbs when I was much younger, I wasn't interested then, now I wish I'd listened, but such is life. Thank you so much for taking a look and for the comment and share, very much appreciated. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my best to you and yours.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

Vocalcoach, a pleasure to see you. Hawaii must have been an incredible place to live, sounds wonderful. I guess almost everything grows well there.

Like you, I prefer fresh herbs to dry, no comparison really.

We need to take a closer look at how we use herbs, it's been ignored for far too long. While there will always be a need for conventional medicine, I believe that the two can complement each other. Thank you so much for taking a look, my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2014:

Hi Faith, I'm not sure what constitutes a HOTD, if HP was to decide that this hub merits some sort of recognition, of course it would be nice, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Bless you for the thought. I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving day. It's really not fair that you guys across the pond get two special days and we, only one. Just go easy with the....err...giblet. :)

Lemon balm is a very useful plant to have, I'm planning to make good use of mine in the spring, most of it have died down with the cold weather but it will growing like crazy next spring. I've divided this hub into two parts, so hopefully I'll be posting part 2 tomorrow, just a bit more information about valerian, stop by if you can, I know this is special family time, so you can always catch-up later. It's always good to see you and thanks for the wonderful comment, it means a lot. My best to you and the family, have fun.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 27, 2014:

This is a very helpful article, with wealth of information about natural treatment with herbs.

I always believe in herbal treatments and encourage others also to do the same.

You have presented the information so nicely with great pictures and tables.

Thanks for sharing and voted up!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 27, 2014:

Great article, Jo. The idea of a herb garden is very appealing. Right now, I plant some between my flowers. Thank you you so much for sharing all this good information including the remedies.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on November 27, 2014:

Hi tobusisness, I enjoy various herbs. Thank you for teaching about more herbs. They are the best natural cures. Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 26, 2014:

This is an interesting article, Jo. I appreciate the information that you have included in your tables very much. It's so important that people interested in using herbs as medicines know about doses, interactions, side effects and the difference between proven and possible benefits of the herbs. Your tables clearly indicate this information and make your hub very useful!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2014:

I remembered being served with a bowl of lemon balm in hot water and natural honey on the side in Maldives and that tea just immensely improved my mood.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on November 26, 2014:


I voted up+++. My grandmother knew every herb in her garden and the woods around our farm. When I was growing up I would go with her to get wild herbs and roots of all kinds of plants.

She knew how to make medicine for her family, and I wish I had a better attention span back when she tried to teach me.

This is going to be my New Year's gift to myself: Learning about Herbs and their value as medicine.

I am so happy I read your hub---it was great. You have a wonderful weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

I am going to Tweet this to my followers.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 26, 2014:

I prefer using herbs to general medicine so this hub is right-up-my-ally. I lived in Hawaii for a number of years and many of the herbs you've mentioned were accessible. I like knowing mine are fresh. Thanks for the video on making lemon balm. Always wanted to do this. Thanks for all your information and great presentation.

Will share!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 26, 2014:

Phenomenal hub, Jo! This hub should be a Hub of the Day hub hands-down. I must begin growing and using the lemon balm and valerian. Yes, life is stressful as h@@@ LOL, and the more natural remedies to help us sleep and all of the other amazing benefits these tww herbs provide, this is a no-brainer here. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge, and I loved reading all about your time in the Caribbean, and I am sorry about the great loss of your precious mother.

I appreciate you sharing your vast knowledge, as I do not remember knowing of Lemon Balm or Valerian. Once I pray and cast all of my anxieties and concerns up the Lord, I can sleep, but after such a long time of praying LOL, I run short of my time of actual sleep! So, I may need to hit the hay (as they say) sooner and try these natural remedies. You should open up a shop there in England, being you are so knowledgeable on the subject as that is the going thing, thank goodness, however, for those doctors who keep prescribing all of those narcotics to send so many down that rabbit hole ...

Well, I better get my giblet on ...LOL, as, we, here in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving Day tomorrow and really for four days! This involves stuffing our faces until we are just plain sorry (lazy) and give thanks for our many blessings, which we do have so many, even just being able to breath in one breath! I am thankful for a warm bed and soft pillow each night to lay my head down on and my weary body!

I am so glad you shared here about your life, as it is most fascinating and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Here, at this time of year, it is the special time of year where we are to give thanks for those God has placed in our lives, directly or indirectly, and I want to praise and thank Him for your beautiful soul and presence here on HubPages to bless so many with your God-given gift of knowledge of health-related issues and natural remedies, and plus just for being you, lovely woman.

Hugs, peace and much love to you and yours this day and always ...

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Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 26, 2014:

Hi Ruby, sadly, we returned to the U.K in 2002, 4 years later. After 9/11 the tourist business came to a complete stop. My mum died soon after, and all the joy seemed to have evaporated. Heslyn and your grandson have the right idea, it's good to get away for the winter months. About the valerian, I've grown it in the greenhouse, I can't think of any reason why you couldn't grow it indoors. Try it on the kitchen window ledge, where it will get the sunlight. I'll be posting some more information about valerian in a day or two, I'll add a little about cultivating it just for you. :) Thank you for taking the time, always great to see you. my best always.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 26, 2014:

Jo, I envy you living in the Caribbean. My grandson married a girl, Heslyn from there. They live in the states but go back often. Valerian roots, will they grow in the house as a plant, also the lemon balm blend as a house plant. I will buy the lemon balm blend for use. I have never seen it, possibly I can buy it at a drugstore? This is another helpful hub. Thank you for sharing...

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 26, 2014:

Bill, I guess Bev is doing the worrying for you both. Oddly enough, according to the statistics, women do have a 10% lower average sleep score compared to men. Maybe you guys simply have a clearer conscience...NOT :). Great to see you as always, my best to you and Bev.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 26, 2014:

Well, Jo, I sleep like a baby and don't have stress, but Bev needs this article. Great information and I'm passing it on. When in doubt, go with the voice of experience, and that's you, my friend.

blessings always


Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 26, 2014:

Suzette, I've been growing herbs for many years but I haven't really made best use of them. As we get older our need for medication gets greater and unfortunately, that causes as many problems as it solves. It's time to take a serious look at the alternatives.

I'm so glad you found the hub useful..... so you've visited the Grenadines, gorgeous..isn't it. :) They do use a lot of herbs in the Caribbean, here in the West, people are catching on, we just need the hard data to confirm what the ancient civilisations already knew. Thanks again for stopping by and for the great comment. Take care and my best to you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues (author) from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 26, 2014:

Hi Frank, glad you found the this useful, there is so much to learn about these two herbs, Lemon Balm and Valerian, I decided to split the hub into two sections, the second part will look more closely at Valerian. Thank you for taking the time, much appreciated. Have a great day and my best...

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 26, 2014:

tobusiness I find this helpful and useful..almost like sitting down with a naturalistic healer that's how detailed this hub is voted up and useful

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 26, 2014:

Jo: this is an excellent article on lemon balm and valerian. I find this so fascinating. I believe these herbal remedies are so helpful and much better than pharmaceuticals. Thanks for your comprehensive research of herbal uses and remedies. I have been to the Grenadines and it is a most beautiful spot. The islands do rely more on natural herbs than we do. Sometimes the islands and their uses of herbal medicines have been seen as 'hocus pocus' and that is a shame because herbs can be so useful and healthy to is. This is such an interesting and informative article and thank you for writing this!

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