Genus; Species: Melissa Officinalis
CAM Type: biologically based
Introduction to Lemon Balm:
Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and has been traditionally referred to as the “calming herb”. The plant is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, growing to 70-150 cm tall. The leaves have a slight lemon scent, related to mint. Small white flowers appear near summer’s end, attracting bees.
In mild temperate zones, the stems of the plant die off at the beginning of winter, but appear again in spring. Lemon Balm is contemporarily used for various issues such as anxiety, sleep difficulties, mood, and cognitive functions.
Nervous agitation, tension, occasional anxiety, overactive behavior, mild mood swings, attention, memory, restlessness, and sleep difficulty
In studies, many compounds contained in Lemon Balm appear to be responsible for its emotional and health benefits.
Lemon Balm is commonly used in herbal teas, but can also be found as a flavoring in tisane and ice cream.
Pharmacology and Phytochemicals:
Researchers have isolated Flavonoids and Phenolic Acids as the main components of Lemon Balm that provide its various wellness benefits.
Mechanisms of Action:
Lemon Balm’s precise mechanism of action is not completely understood, though numerous clinical trials involving humans suggest that Lemon Balm promotes relaxation, eases tension and helps relieves occasional bouts of anxiety, panic and the related overactive behavior. Further studies have reported that Lemon Balm supports positive mental performance, accuracy, attention span and memory functions.
Daily usage for children taking Lemon Balm as a single-herb preparation is around 50mg to 75mg. For young adults, 100mg to 600mg per day is suitable.
Lemon Balm may also be purchased in combination-therapies including chamomile, rosehips, and Hyperforin. For children taking a combination therapy, 25mg to 105mg is sufficient.
Safety, Side Effects and Warnings:
Lemon Balm is mild and safe for usage as a natural herbal supplement. Clinical trials have shown no significant side effects, but a healthcare professional should always be consulted before taking Lemon Balm – or any other supplement – or administering it to your child.