Iahas-Lemon Balm-Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)


Lemon Balm Scientific Name

Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm Other Names

English: Balm
French: Baume, Citronnelle, Mélisse, Herbe citron
German: Melisse, Zitronenmelisse, Herztrost
Spanish: Melissa, Cedronella, Citronella, Erba limona

What is Lemon Balm?

Lemon Balm is a lemon-scented traditionally used to relieve stress, enhance mood, and reduce anxiety. Due to the citrus from the lemon, it acts as a great skin cleanser in cleaning out excess oil, dirt, and pores. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that soothe acne, heals sunburns, and treats inflamed skin. It also helps in eliminating both blackheads and whiteheads from the skin.

Common forms of Lemon Balm

Fruit, Tea, Oil, Leaf paste

Lemon Balm is commonly used for:

  • Combating Acne
  • Dealing with the symptoms of Obesity
  • Cooling a fever
  • Dealing with Skin Conditions
  • Treating depression
  • Relieving headache
  • Relieving pain from digestive disorders
  • Reducing the pain from soreness
  • Dealing with Vomit
  • Aiding muscle Pain
  • Unclogging stubborn Pores

Lemon Balm Dosage

Leaves Tea: 2-4g or as prescribed.
Tincture: 2-6mL orally three times daily or as prescribed.

Lemon Balm Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Skin irritation, Vomiting, Nausea, Dizziness, Anxiety, Hypersensitivity
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Lemon Balm.
Children: Not Known.
Lemon balm may cause severe drowsiness if combined with medications during and after surgery. Stop using lemon balm at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Additionally, avoid lemon balm if you have thyroid disease. It may reduce thyroid hormone levels, change thyroid function, and interfere with thyroid hormone-replacement therapy.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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