Lemon Balm

lemon balm

Lemon Balm


Botanical name: Melissa officinalis (Lamiaceae)

Parts used: aerial parts

Energetics: cooling, drying

Taste: sour, slightly bitter

Actions: relaxant, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, carminative, antiviral, nerve tonic

Constituents: volatile oil (citral, cryophyllene oxide, linalool, and citronellal)


Medicinal Preparations:

Tincture: 1/2 tsp 3 times a day

Tea: Infusion 



Lemon balm has a long tradition as a tonic remedy that raises the spirits and comforts the heart. Today, this sweet-smelling herb is still widely used for its calming properties, and new research shows that it can help significantly in the treatment of cold sores. 


Volatile oil: citral and citronellal in particular in German research has shown to calm the central nervous system.

Polyphenols: polyphenols are antiviral and help combat viral infections in the body.

Thyroid: lemon balm inhibits thyroid function.

Traditional Western Uses:

Traditional uses: include healing wounds, relieving palpitations and relaxing the heart, and treating toothaches.

Modern relaxing tonic: It helps reduce feelings of nervousness and panic and often quiets a racing heart, being a valuable remedy for palpitations. Lemon balm is useful when too much anxiety is causing digestive problems such as indigestion, acidity, nausea, bloating, and colicky pains. 

Cold sores: relieves cold sores and reduces the chances of further outbreaks.

Hormonal herb: with the discovery of its antithyroid effect, the herb can be given to people with an overactive thyroid. 

Other uses: first-aid remedy for cuts and insect stings/bites and fevers. 


*Chevallier, Andrew, Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, New York City, Penguin Random House, 1996.

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