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A perennial herb from the mint family that’s native the Mediterranean region. Lemon balm is claimed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is often used as a mild sedative or calming agent1,2. It has been shown to be effective at reducing stress, improve mood and mental performance3 . The extract of lemon balm has also been shown to have exceptionally high antioxidant activity4 . Lemon balm is also often taken to help treat colds and flu, lower blood pressure and for insomnia and indigestion. Balm being from the mint family shares many similarities with other herbs of this family such as peppermint. It is a carminative herb that relieves spasms in the digestive system, and is used in cases of flatulent dyspepsia.
Why not try mixing this herbs with others such as peppermint or raspberry leaf to make your own unique blend.
Brew: Infuse 1 tbsp of leaves per cup in boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
1. Kucera, Louis S.; Cohen, Ronald A.; Herrmann, Ernest C. (2006). "Antiviral Activities of Extracts of the Lemon Balm Plant". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 130 (1): 474–82. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1965.tb12584.x. PMID 4285591
2. Allahverdiyev, A; Duran, N; Ozguven, M; Koltas, S (2004). "Antiviral activity of the volatile oils of L. Against virus type-2". Phytomedicine 11 (7-8): 657–61. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2003.07.014. PMID 15636181
3. Kennedy, D. O.; Little, W; Scholey, AB (2004). "Attenuation of Laboratory-Induced Stress in Humans After Acute Administration of Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)". Psychosomatic Medicine 66 (4): 607–13. doi:10.1097/01.psy.0000132877.72833.71. PMID 1527211
4. Dastmalchi, K; Damiendorman, H; Oinonen, P; Darwis, Y; Laakso, I; Hiltunen, R (2008). "Chemical composition and in vitro antioxidative activity of a lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) extract". LWT - Food Science and Technology 41: 391–400. doi:10.1016/j.lwt.2007.03.007