lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L)

« For the head and nerves, this fragrant nervine has been revered in works by Shakespeare and Homer as well as the Bible »

Common name(s): lemon balm, bee balm, sweet balm


Family: Lamiaceae


Origin: Europe, central Asia


Parts used: aerial parts


Constituents:  volatile oils (citral, citronellal, citronellol, geraniol), labiate tannin, phenolic acids, triterpenes, monoterpene, glycosides, flavonoids polyphenols (chlorogenic, rosmarinic and caffeic acids), lavonoids (luteolin, quercitin, apigenin, kaempferol)


Therapeutic actions: carminative, febrifuge, nervine, sedative, diaphoretic, antidepressant, anti-microbial, antispasmodic, anti-histamine, hepatic, cardiotonic


Organs or systems affected: central nervous system, gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, skin


Main medicinal uses:

  • calms nerves and fights depression and anxiety
  • reduces fever
  • improves sleep
  • promotes memory and brain health
  • helps with weight loss

Counterindications: Some research cautions the use of lemon balm for patients with a propensit toward hypothyroidism, because the herb afffects thyroid stimulation hormone levels


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