Lemon Balm is a product from Natural wellbeing that is beneficial in curing sleep disorders, tension, restlessness, irritative mood etc. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a mild sedative that relaxes the mind and body and soothes your mood which aids in good sleep. An agitated mind is hard to put to rest. The active principles in this natural remedy calms the nerves and makes falling asleep easier task than before.
- Mood enhancer: Lemon Balm has mood enhancing and temper lowering compounds. It can also influence the physiological changes that direct the emotions as well as strengthen the memory. It is also used as a remedy against Alzheimer’s and reduces its pace. It can improve the concentration and clarity.
- Calming agent: Lemon Balm calms the mood by relaxing the nervous system and mind. If your child is quite hyperactive, Lemon Balm helps the child to calm down. The anxiety and strain are lowered with the help of this herbal extract. It protects the brain from the abnormal stimuli from the exterior to act jumpy. Lemon Blam also has a tonic effect to improve the blood circulation to the brain and lower the blood pressure.
- Mild sedative: Lemon balm is a gentle sedative that gives you easy sleep. The sedative effect has been utilized for many years. People used to take it prior to sleep to have undisturbed snooze. It has found to help a lot for those who have sleep disorders. It is also effective for chronic sleep disorders and act the same in both males and females of all ages.
- Other uses: Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is also used for GI complaints, indigestion, irritable bowel etc. It can be used by both adults and children that relieve them of any gas / constipation. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) contains antiviral properties that work against cold sores/blisters and other outbreaks in the nervous system. Polyphenols are the ones responsible for the antiviral activity.
The main and significant use is its antioxidant property that can prevent many diseases and ensure proper functioning of the brain. The caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid can neutralize the reactive oxidants. The anti-inflammatory activity will help reduce many painful inflammations.
Lemon balm is also capable of boosting the immune system. It is preventive of mumps, herpes etc and can also reduce the intensity of eczema infection. There are many microbes that are sensitive to Lemon Balm and fail to infect their targets.
Lemon Balm Ingredients
The only active ingredient in this natural remedy is the organic Lemon Balm herb. The inactive ingredients in this composition are grain alcohol and deionized water. The constitution of Lemon Balm proves it has phenols, flavonoids, polyphenols and other useful compounds that are known to have all kinds of uses.
Using Lemon Balm
It comes in a tincture formula and can be easily consumed by mixing water/juice. The Lemon Balm tincture is advised to take 3-4 times a day of the dose, approximately 20 drops. This is enough to calm the nerves and promote healthy sleep habits. Depending upon the severity the dosage may be up to 40 drops.
The above mentioned dosage is good to tackle the stress and anxiety. If the remedy is being used for the other uses mentioned, the dosage must be lower than this and is used for only 4 weeks.
If you are taking medications, consult your doctor before consuming Lemon Balm. This medication SHOULD NOT be consumed by pregnant or lactating women.
People taking thyroid medications should avoid the use of Lemon Balm as the herb itself can reduce the thyroid activity, it when coupled with the drugs can lead to hypothyroidism. Lemon Balm has drug interactions with the sedatives and anti-depressants as well.
Side effects of Lemon Balm
The side effects of Lemon Balm can be hypersensitivity reactions, skin irritation, and sedation. These are the most likely side effects, especially if there is an over dose. The other possible side effects are, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain, wheezing etc.
A long term use of Lemon Balm is not advised. If you are planning for prolonged use for longer relief from anxiety it is better to take one week off, every 3 weeks. This will allow the body to adjust to normal and then again work well with the remedy. Otherwise the body may get addicted or become resistant to this remedy.
If you are about to undergo any surgery soon, stop taking Lemon Balm at least 2 weeks prior to the date. The sedative effect of this herb with the sedative drugs cannot be combined.