Lemon balm Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Melissa officinalis

Also Known As

Balm, sweet balm, bee balm, Melissa

Origin

Southern Europe

Parts Used

Leaves

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Lemon balm is known for its calming and soothing properties. Lemon balm is used to treat sleeping problems, stimulate the appetite and treat nervous stomach ailments. Lemon balm is often combined with other calming, soothing herbs, such as Valerian, Chamomile, and Hops, to enhance the overall relaxing effect. Its effect is focused on the nervous system and the digestive system. It is a stomachic, anti-spasmodic and carminative, so it is not only good for settling cramps of the digestive tract but also relieves the cramps of pre-menstrual tension. However as a nervine it also settles emotional upset and is an anti-depressant. So it is a great herb to aid women in the menstrual cycle. It is also used traditionally with nervous system disorders such as migraine headaches, vertigo, hysteria and epilepsy.

Typical Use

Combines well with Valerian and Chamomile.

Recommended Dosage  Powdered, crushed, cut, or whole: 2 grams per day Infusion: 2 grams in 150 ml of boiling water 1:1 Fluid Extract: 2 ml dose per day  1:5 Tincture: 10 ml dose per day  
Folklore and History

The Greek Dioscorides used lemon balm as a medicinal herb and describes it as being useful to treat a disordered state of the nervous system. In the 1600s the Swiss physician Paracelsus called it Hearts Delight as it could revive a man.

Lemon balm
Constituents

Citronellal, Triterpenens, Geranial, Neral, Rosmarinic acid, Geraniol, Flavonoids, Polyphenols.