Lemon Balm Powder (Melissa Officinalis) (leaf)

Lemon balm is also known as Balm Mint, Bee Balm, Blue balm, Cure-all, Garden Balm, Honey plant, Sweet Balm, and Sweet Mary. It is a perennial bush that can grow to heights of 3 - 5 feet. It has tiny white flowers and many bright green leaves with serrated edges. Lemon Balm resembles mint, as it is within the same botanical family. Lemon balm is native to the East Mediterranean, southern Europe, and Western Asia. Today, it is cultivated all over the world; typically being grown from seed or cut parts. [1]


Lemon Balm has a long history, with its use as a medicinal tonic dating back to the 16th century. It commonly used during this time period to raise the spirits (enhance sense of well-being), promote longevity, assist in wound healing, relax the heart, and treat pains associate with toothache. Today, Lemon Balm is primarily used for its sedative action, and as an antiviral agent against Herpes Simplex Virus. Lemon Balm is also purported to possess anti-thyroid actions.


The main constituents of Lemon Balm are; volatile oils (citral, citronellal, and linalool), flavonoids, triterpenes, polyphenols, and tannins. The volatile oils give Lemon Balm its calming action and are also credited for Lemon Balm's antispasmodic properties. The polyphenols are thought to be the main constituent responsible for the antiviral activity against HSV. [1]


Uses ascribed to Lemon Balm include:


  • anti-spasmodic
  • sedative
  • carminative
  • diaphoretic (causes sweating)
  • antiviral
  • nervous system tonic
  • anti-thyroid


Products Containing Lemon Balm Powder (Melissa Officinalis) (leaf)
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Herdox $45.95
 
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$1.53 30 Progressive Health

 

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