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Lemon balm (Melissa officinale)

Lemon balm (Melissa officinale)

Common Names: Lemon balm, sweet melissa, toronjil (en español)

Family: Lamiaceae

Parts Used: leaves, essential oil

Constituents: citrol, bitter principle, tannins, acid, flavonoids

Medicinal Actions: diuretic, carminative, emmenagogue, anti depressive, nervine, antimicrobial, antiviral, nutritive, sedative, calms an overactive thyroid, benefits an underactive thyroid

Medicinal Use:

  1. Anxiety and stress relief: Lemon balm is believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system, which may help to reduce anxiety and stress.

  2. Digestive health: Lemon balm may have a beneficial effect on digestive health by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

  3. Sleep aid: Lemon balm may help to improve sleep quality by reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.

  4. Cold sores: Topical application of lemon balm may help to reduce the duration and severity of cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus.

  5. Cognitive function: Some research has suggested that lemon balm may have a positive effect on cognitive function, including memory and attention.

Historically, lemon balm has been used for a wide range of health conditions, including digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It was also used as a natural insect repellent and to flavor food and beverages.

Contraindications: glaucoma - raises ocular pressure