A lemon balms plant has been touted as a cure-all for the symptoms of a cold.
But now it’s the hottest culinary plant on the planet, according to a new study.
The study looked at the lemon balmic plant (Aesculus rubrum) in a variety of conditions and found that it could help control a wide range of ailments, from common colds to allergies and even cancer.
The research was published Monday in the journal PLOS ONE.
“Lemon balm plants are very versatile and can be used in all sorts of different ways, and that’s a good thing,” study author and biologist Daniela Niedzwiedz-Schwartz, of the University of Bonn in Germany, told The Washington Post.
“The lemon balmis are very well suited for treating a wide variety of ailments.
They are also good at controlling common cold symptoms, like shortness of breath or feeling faint.”
Lemon Balm Plants and Cold SymptomsThere are a number of possible causes of a typical cold, according the American Heart Association.
“These include infection, stress, and a number different things, and they are not all of the same,” said Dr. Mary O’Connor, the American College of Cardiology’s medical director.
“You can have many different things going on in your body, and the body responds in different ways to different things.”
While most of the studies have been conducted in the U.S., it’s also been found in many countries around the world.
“This is a plant that has been used in various cultures throughout the world for centuries,” Dr. Niedzy-Schwitz told The Post.
The plant can be grown in the garden or in the field.
“The idea is that the plant is a sort of a bridge between the earth and the sky,” she said.
“If the sun is shining, then the plant will reflect some of that sunlight back to the ground.
The sun will also cause the water in the soil to turn into lemon balmos.”
It’s not a miracle herb, however.
“There are actually several types of lemon balmas, but these are not the same plant as lemon balmi, which is the lemon tree,” she added.
The balm is a type of rootstock that can be cultivated in the home, garden, or greenhouse.
A lot of the time, it’s not clear whether or not the lemon’s leaves are actually balms.
“That’s one of the things we found was that there was a lack of evidence that these plants are beneficial,” said O’Donnell.
“They are not good at treating common cold.”
Some researchers believe that the plants may help protect against certain infections.
“We are not saying that they are the miracle herb or that they can cure cold,” O’Connell said.
But she added that “they are very useful and they may be used for some very different purposes.”
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