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Lemon Balm 100 g, 50 g, 25 g

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Lemon Balm – 100 g ($12.99), 50 g ($8.99), 25 g ($6.99)

Benefits:

Research has found that lemon balm has a mild sedative effect, antibacterial and antiviral properties, and an ability to relieve cramps and gas. It is used to heal wounds, ease indigestion, relieve menstrual cramps, fight cold sores, relax nerves, soothe and prevent insect stings, and prevent insomnia. It has also been used for hysteria, melancholia, headaches, and high blood pressure. The tea is also recommended for inducing perspiration and relieving fever due to colds and flu. Externally, lemon balm has been used for rheumatism, nerve pains, as an insect repellent, and for stiff neck. Homeopathic remedies use lemon balm for menstrual irregularities. It is approved by the German Commission E for nervousness and insomnia. This herb is gentle enough for babies and children.

Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, lemon balm was used in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and participants showed improved cognitive function after sixteen weeks of treatment • Anxiety and stress. Lemon balm teas have been used for generations to relieve anxiety and sleeplessness. In one study where healthy volunteers were stressed under controlled laboratory conditions, a mixture of lemon balm and valerian soothed them and made them less anxious. Each participant took increasing doses of both herbs and was measured serially. The best combination for alleviating anxiety and inducing calmness was at 600 milligrams of a tablet that had 120 milligrams of valerian with 80 milligrams of lemon balm. Other studies have found that when used with valerian, lemon balm hastens sleep and relaxes muscle tension in persons with attention deficit disorder (ADD), without daytime drowsiness. (See VALERIAN.)

Herpesvirus infection. Treatment of herpes infections is complicated by the fact that the virus can become resistant to drug treatment. Lemon balm expands the possibilities of treatment and is useful when prescription treatments fail. It kills off the virus in the test tube in as little as three hours. In one double-blind study, 116 people with herpes received either a placebo or extracts of lemon balm at a concentration of 1 percent in a cream base. The group receiving the active cream experienced significantly greater improvement in symptoms on day two compared to the group receiving the placebo cream. (Herpes outbreaks are usually most painful on the second day after the outbreak.) By day five of the study, 50 percent more individuals in the lemon balm group were symptom-free than in the placebo group. People using lemon balm also experienced less scarring than those using the placebo. This indicates that people who used lemon balm suffered less damage to skin cells. Almost identical results were found in a second clinical study. In addition to shortening the healing period, treatment with lemon balm prevented spread of the infection and quickly relieved the itching, burning, tingling, swelling, stabbing, and redness of a herpes outbreak. Lemon balm has an advantage over other treatments in that it does not induce drug resistance in the virus over time. (See HERPESVIRUS INFECTION in Part Two.) In addition, a chemical constituent of lemon balm, rosmarinic acid, acts against viruses, yeasts, and bacteria in the laboratory.

Insomnia. Combined extracts of lemon balm and valerian have been studied as a treatment for insomnia. A double-blind study of twenty people with insomnia compared the benefits of 0.125 milligram of the sedative triazolam (Halcion) against placebo and a combination of valerian and lemon balm. The herbal combination was found to be as effective as the drug.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Lemon balm stops spasms and relieves pain caused by IBS. The form of the herb that had this antispasmodic action is the essential oil, which may be strong enough to break up spasms but not so strong as to cause constipation. However, no human data are available.

 

Recommended Use

Lemon balm is available in creams for application to the skin and in tablets and teas to be taken internally. Lemon balm tablets are usually taken for insomnia or stress and frequently combine lemon balm with valerian.

Animal studies indicate that lemon balm can increase the sedative effect of barbiturates. You should therefore avoid lemon balm tinctures and teas if you take barbiturates for anxiety or insomnia. Lemon balm creams do not interact with barbiturate drugs.

People with glaucoma should not use essential oil of lemon balm until more studies are conducted. Studies in laboratory animals suggest that it may raise pressure in the eye.

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
English: Lemon Balm, Melissa, Balm Lemon
Also, known as: Alahana, Appiastro, Badarendjabouya, Badranjbuyeh, Balm, Balm mint, Bee balm, Blue balm, Citrounelo, Common balm, Mallisa, Melissa, Melisse, Melissenblätter, Cure-all, Dropsy plant, Erva cidreira-miuda-de-folha, Billilotan, Sitroenkruid, Citronnelle, Folia citronellae, Franjmeshk, Garden-balm, Herzkraut, Hhashyshat ennahhl, Touroudjan, Turungan, Zitronenkraut, Honey plant, Lemon balm, Limiera, Limouna, Limounneta, Melissenkraut, Melisso, Melliss, Ponciarada, Pouncinado, Sidrunmeliss, Sweet balm, Toronjil, Toronjil-cidrado, Cedronella, Citromfülevél, Citronelle, Citrounado, Citrounela, Zitronenmelisse, Zitronen-melisse, Erba cedrata, Badaranj, Baadranjboyaa, Mélisse, melissa, cedronella, Mountain Balm, Sweet Mary, and Toronjil.
Habitat: Western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean
Origin: Bulgaria

General Information:
Melissa officinalis, is an odorous perennial shrub, growing up to 3 feet tall. The plant dies down in winter, but the roots are perennial. The genus name for lemon balm is Melissa, which comes from the Greek meaning “honey bee” or simply “honey.” Lemon balm is a favorite plant of bees. Not only does it produce lots of nectar, but it has also been used by beekeepers to prevent bees from swarming. Several square stems, 10-25 inches long, lemon-scented on bruising. Stems obtusely quadrangular, furrowed pubescent. Lemon-scented leaves 2-10 cm long and about 4 cm wide, broadly ovate to obovate-oval or heart-shaped, base cuneate truncate or cordate at the base, densely pilose on both surfaces, petiole 0.5-3 cm long. White or yellow-tinted, small, two-lipped flowers form small bunches in leaf axils in summer through early fall. Corolla white or pinkish; infundibuliform tube 8-10 mm long; stamens inserted deep in the tube; bractéoles oval-oblong, about 1.5 cm long, pubescent; calyx 5-8 mm long, pubescent outside, pubescent inside with very short hairs, densely pilose in the middle.
It was a common herb in the eighteenth century, as Spirit of Melissa, a tonic made from lemon balm, was often kept in the house. The plant is also known as balm or balm mint but should not be confused with bee balm. The aromatic leaves with their distinctive lemon aroma are used as an ingredient of green salads, fruit salads, desserts, ice cream. The tea of lemon balm, the essential oil, and the extract are used in traditional and alternative medicine, including aromatherapy. Melissa was mentioned by Theophrastus, the father of botany, and Arab and Persian physicians. Lemon balm is used alone or as part of various multi-herb combination products.

How to use:

Hot Infusion:

The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!

Tips:

You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.

You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice cube trays.

Weight 0.25 lbs
Size

25 g, 50 g, 100 g

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