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16 Oct
Posted By: Oxana Times Read: 1163

“Lemon balm causes the mind and heart to become merry”.


Family: Lamiaceae

Latin name: Melissa officinalis

Other common names: balm mint, common balm, balm.

Lemon balm is a herbaceous perennial plant that has a distinctive lemon scent. It originates from the southeastern Europe, Mediterranean region, Central Asia and Iran. Lemon balm usually grows up to 70-150 cm in height. The leaves are similar to mint leaves and can vary in color from yellowish green to dark green. The flowers are small, white or light yellow and rich in nectar.

The leaves and stems of the plant are widely used for medicinal purposes.

Useful components

  • Valuable essential oil
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Tannins
  • Eugenol
  • Terpenes
  • Acids
  • Fatty oil
  • Macro and microelements

The plant possesses strong sedative, relaxing and soothing properties, so the tea prepared from lemon balm is a popular treatment for nervous disorders, insomnia and psychosis. It helps fight mental fatigue, melancholy, depression. Moreover, lemon balm has a positive effect on the digestive tract. Infusions and decoctions made from this herb improve stomach and duodenum health, gently clean the intestines. In addition, the plant helps relieve nervous tremor, normalize heart rate.

Lemon balm tea also cures hypertension, diabetes, cleanses the blood and lymph. The antiviral properties of the herb are used in the treatment of viral diseases (influenza, measles, herpes, etc.). Since ancient times, lemon balm has been used for headaches and migraines. Melissa officinalis is effective in the treatment of such skin diseases as lichen, eczema, fungal lesions, acne, insect bites.

Key Properties

  • Sedative
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antidepressant
  • Antispasmodic

Lemon Balm Key Benefits

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves memory and cognitive function
  • Fights insomnia
  • Treats headaches and toothaches
  • Cures upset stomach, intestinal gas, nausea
  • Lowers blood pressure and sugar levels
  • Relieves menstrual spasms
  • Treats cold sores
  • Boosts immune system

Melissa officinalis for women’s health

The herb is very useful for women, as it effectively cures migraines, reduces irritation and improves sleep. In combination with other preparations, Melissa officinalis normalizes the menstrual cycle, treats inflammatory processes of the reproductive system. The plant improves metabolic processes, removes toxins, reduces weight. Lemon balm has a beneficial effect on the nervous system, and therefore does not provoke overeating. During pregnancy it is a good treatment for morning sickness and nausea.

The plant is good for women suffering from lack of breast milk. The plant influences not only the quantity but also the quality of milk. One cup of lemon balm tea a day improves metabolism, provides vitamins necessary for the health of both mother and child. Doctors often prescribe a lemon balm decoction for children as it improves memory and concentration, calms down hyperactive kids.

! In large quantities the plant influences women’s hormonal background, so before drinking lemon balm tea or decoction, be sure to consult your practitioner.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe


  • 3 tbsp of chopped herb
  • 250 ml of water

Pour the boiling water over the chopped lemon balm. Cover the mixture with a lid, infuse it for about 15 minutes. To enhance the taste and benefits of the drink, add a teaspoon of honey. This tea is an effective treatment for neurosis and sleep disorders. It also fights colds and strengthens the protective functions of the body.


An overdose of the herb may cause:

  • Slow reaction
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Wheezing
  • Skin irritation

Consult your doctor before using lemon balm if you are taking:

  • Diabetes medications
  • Glaucoma drugs
  • Thyroid medications
  • Sedatives or barbiturates

Lemon Balm in Cosmetology

The useful properties of the plant are widely used in cosmetology. Lemon balm is added to shampoos, balms, creams, soaps. The active ingredients of the herb are used in skin and hair care. It promotes skin elasticity, removes excessive oiliness, improves skin color, accelerates metabolism, fights inflammation and acne. Regular use of decoctions and infusions makes hair smooth and beautiful. Lemon balm cures dandruff and strengthens hair. Lemon balm essential oil is very popular in cosmetology. It is added to masks, lotions, creams, relaxing baths.

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