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Lemon Balm: Overview of Information & Purchase

lemon balm powder

Alternative Names

Bálsamo de Limón, Balm
Dropsy Plant
Honey Plant
Melissa, Melisa, Mélisse, Melissae Folium, Mélisse Officinale, Mélisse Citronnelle, Monarde and Melissenblatt
Sweet Mary, Sweet Balm

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Scientific Name

The scientific name for Melissa officinalis. It belongs to the Labiatae or Lamiaceae family of plants.

Why do People use Lemon Balm?

The oral preparations of Melissa officinalis (lemon balm), like lemon balm powder, are used for insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, dyssomnia, bloating, dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, Grave’s disease, for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), headache, toothache, for insect bites, dysmenorrhea, cramps, tumors and for sores. Lemon balm powder can also be used for a number of conditions include for treating hysteria and melancholia, Alzheimer's disease, nervous palpitations, vomiting, chronic bronchial mucous membrane inflammation and treatment of high blood pressure.

As an inhalant Lemon balm can be used as an inhaler for the therapy of Alzheimer's disease.

As a topical agent, lemon balm is utilized for treating cold sores (herpes labialis).

In foods and beverages
Lemon balm oil and its extract are used as flavoring agents in a number of commercial beverages and food products.

Is Lemon Balm Safe to Use?

Likely Safe
Oral consumption of lemon balm in food items is considered safe. Lemon balm has achieved Generally Recognized as Safe Status (GRAS) in the United States. Moreover, topical, appropriate and short-term usage of lemon balm is considered safe in many cases. It can be used safely up to 4 months.

Likely Safe for Children
Oral, short-term and appropriate usage of lemon balm is considered safe for infants (under age 12).

Avoid in Lactation & Pregnancy
Lemon balm should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding females.

How Effective is Lemon Balm?

Lemon balm powder is likely effective for conditions like:
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Colic
• Herpes Labialis (cold sores)
• Sleep disorder
• Dyssomnia

What is the Mechanism of Action of Lemon Balm?

The most effective parts of Melissa officinalis are its leaves and leaves oil. Lemon balm appears to have antiviral, antioxidant and sedative properties. Lemon balm consists of neral, citronellal, flavonoids geranial monoterpenoid aldehydes, polyphenolic mixes and monoterpene glycosides. These compounds may be responsible for the behavioral impacts of lemon balm essential oil and dried leaves. Some studies recommend that medicines containing lemon balm may interact with both muscarinic and nicotinic receptors. Clinical studies also recommend that lemon balm lessens anxiety and may have calming effects on the body.

For aroma therapy, lemon balm is considered very effective. The lemon balm essential oil contains terpenes that quickly cross the blood-brain barrier when absorbed through the lungs. Also, these may have cholinergic effects or may act on the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors.

Initial researches also suggest that oral intake of particular combination of herbs (Ob-X) containing yin chen, white mulberry and lemon ointment may lessen individuals’ complete cholesterol, body weight and triglycerides.

Side Effects of Lemon Balm

The normally used dose of lemon balm has no side effects. However, there are chances of some side effects that include vomiting, wheezing, nausea, dizziness and abdominal pain.

The topical application of lemon balm powder may cause irritation of skin or may even worsen the symptoms of herpes.

How Lemon Balm Interacts with Herbs & Supplements?

Sedative Properties Containing Herbs & Supplements
Concomitant use of Melissa officinalis and herbs and supplements with sedative properties may worsen the therapeutic and adverse outcomes of these compounds. Supplements and herbs in this category include California poppy, 5-HTP, St. John's wort, yerba mansa, skullcap, Jamaican dogwood, calamus, kava, catnip, hops, valerian and others.

How Lemon Balm Interacts with Drugs?

CNS Depressants
Interaction rating between lemon balm and drugs with CNS depressants effects is moderate so be careful about this combination.

Lemon balm may be responsible for increase in ethanol sedative effects.

How Lemon Balm Interacts with Foods?

There is no known interaction between lemon balm powder and various food items.

How Lemon Balm Interacts with Lab Tests?

Melissa officinalis doesn’t seem to have any interactions with any lab tests.

How Lemon Balm Interacts with Diseases of Conditions?

Lemon balm powder may have CNS depressant properties. Lemon balm may lead to additive CNS depression when mixed with anesthesia and various drugs after and during suggested surgical activities. So such patients are advised to stop using lemon balm at least two weeks before their suggested surgical procedures.

What should be Administration or Dosage of Lemon Balm?

For the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, lemon balms extract should be used in a dose of 60 drops daily, which is prepared in a ratio of 1:1 in 45% concentrated alcohol.

In order to improve sleep timing in healthy adults, particular extract of various products including 80 mg leaves extracts of lemon balm and 160 mg of valerian root extract (known as Euvegal forte, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals) thrice a day should be utilized for continuously 30 days.

For colic in children, particular extract containing a number of product such as 97 mg lemon balm, 164 mg fennel and 178 mg German chamomile (ColiMil) two times in whole day should be utilized for a week.

For dyspepsia, particular extract containing lemon balm and some other herbal products should be utilized in a dosage of 1 mL thrice in whole day.

Lemon balm is utilized for herpes labialis (cold sores). For this purpose, an ointment or a cream containing 1% of a 70:1 lyophilized water extract is generally applied 2-4 times every day from first prodrome sign to a some days after the lesions have subsided.


Lemon balm belongs to the mint family. The leaves have a faint fragrance of lemon.

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