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Herbal Spotlight Lemon Balm

Herbal Spotlight: Lemon Balm

Butterflies in your stomach? Trouble sleeping with the approaching holiday season?
Melissa officinalis, otherwise known as lemon balm, to the rescue!
One of my favourite herbs to prescribe to patients as a tea, this herb can be taken any time of day. It can aid in restful sleep but is not a sedative.
If you’ve ever suffered from herpes before, this is also a very helpful herb. In these cases, I often recommend it as a tincture for stronger effect.

Here is the monograph on lemon balm:

This herb also grows very easily in Southern Ontario. Check out Richter’s farms come Spring-time to pick up some organic Melissa so you can harvest it in your own backyard.
For more information on lemon balm or other herbs that can aid in stress coping so you can be your absolute best over the Christmas season, call us in Mississauga!
If you enjoy learning about herbs and how to use them in your daily life, connect with Dr. Tiffany Wyse.  An excellent source of knowledge on herbs!
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Dr. Kirsten Almon
In life as in clinical experience, Dr. Kirsten Almon believes that each person must be assessed on 3 levels… mind, body, and spirit. She believes that symptoms are warning signals of improper functioning of the body and when ignored, can result in chronic disease.

She has a naturopathic Family Practice with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for “naturopathic well child visits” and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections. She works along side of Midwives, Obstetricians and MDs while attending births as a Doula.

Her practice tools include clinical nutrition, homeopathy and drainage, acupuncture, herbs and detoxification. Dr. Almon is also trained in Craniosacral therapy and Applied kinesiology.

Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada. www.naturopathicdoulacourse.com

Dr. Almon enjoys living a naturopathic lifestyle with her husband Doug Andrews ND, daughter Evelyn and son Callum. Activities include playing ultimate frisbee, doing yoga, meditation and Dr Almon especially enjoys swimming in near-freezing ocean waters.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” RW. Emerson.