Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lemon balm and thyroid hormones

A new flu. Lemon balm is said to be good against viruses - and I've tried lemon balm tea during previous flus and think I've noticed a difference (though I wasn't scientific enough to be able to tell if it was because of the herb of because of placebo). I'd like to quaff said tea right now, but I can't;

1. I don't have enough lemon balm.

2. I'm on levaxin.

For those of you who don't recognise the name levaxin it's basicalle thyroid hormones. I eat it since my own thyroid gland doesn't work properly. Lemon balm prevents the body from absorbing the medicine, which means I need to limit my use of the herb to stay generally healthy.

Think of this as a simple exemple on the fact that herbs too are "chemical" and may react with conventional medicines (with unwanted results). Keep that in mind if you are growing herbs for health reasons indoors and buy a good herbal encyclopedia.

(I'm a friend of books, but while you're looking for the perfect paper version you can take a look at Plants for a Future's website. Here's their page on lemon balm.)


Kenneth Moore said...

I do check out Plants For A Future's website pretty often to find information about the crops that I'm growing; it's cool that you check it too!

But I really do hope you have fewer flus and/or get over this one that's been sticking around. Maybe the summer will bring relief!

Rosengeranium said...

Thanks! I have a hunch that we're living in a "sick house" ie. a house built the wrong way - mold or something like it have taken hold somewhere and spreads through the air. Sick houses were built in Sweden in the 1980s and the 1990s - and our house is from that period. We're planning to move to a smaller flat in an older area.