Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a lemon-scented herb that comes from the same family as mint. The herb is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, but it’s grown around the world. It has been prescribed by doctors since the Middle Ages as a natural remedy to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, heal wounds and promote longevity.
IN THE LAB
In one trial using an orally administered extract of lemon balm leaf, subjects seemed to experience a significant drop in benign heart palpitation episodes, which is believed to be tied to its ability to enhance one’s mood. When combined with Valerian root, it can help treat sleep disorders like insomnia. When used as an herbal sleep aid, it seems to help reduce insomnia symptoms and sleep disorders, including during menopause when symptoms such as anxiety, hot flashes and restlessness are very commonplace. Perhaps most notable benefit of lemon balm is its potential impact against a specific kind of cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme.
Uses a micronized concentrated extract that is equivalent to about 1 gram of Lemon balm on its own. This is the clinically shown dose to be effective.
Protect against heart and liver problems, increase quality of sleep, improves stress management, improves mood, acts as powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, eases anxiety, enhances concentration, aids sleep.