LEMON BALM
(Melissa officinalis)
fresh leaves and stems extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Antimicrobial / Anxiolytic / Vasodilator / Antioxidant

Plant Description & History: Lemon Blam (Melissa officinalis) is a member of the mint family. During the Middle Ages, the herb was used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigetsion. Lemon Blam is often combined with other calming, soothing plants including valerian, chamomile, and hops to promote relaxation. Few studies have examined lemon balm by iteself, except for topical use.

Constituents, Chemicals & Nutrients: Although over 100 chemicals have been identified in Melissa officinalis, the main components of the essential oil are citral, citronellal, linalool, geranoil, and β-caryophyllene-oxide. Eugenol acetate is believed to be one of the phytochemicals responsible for its antispasmodic effect.

Indications:


Adult Dosage
Alzheimer's Disease: 1/2 teaspoon (50-60 drops) in water or juice, once a day between meals up to 4 months
Sleep Aid: 30-40 drops with small amount of water, 3 times a day, between meals up to 4 weeks consecutively
Indigestion: 1/2 teaspoon (50-60 drops) in water between meals, once a day, for up to 1 week
Antimicrobial: For Listeria and Staph infections, consult a healthcare professional for combination dosing.

Warnings: Generally considered safe for ingestion by adults up to 4 months. Overdosing may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and or dizziness.

Drug Interactions: May inhibit absorption of thyroxine in thyroid medications.

Information Sources:
J Neurol Neuro Psychiatry. 2003 Jul;74(7):863-866
Maryland Medical Center: umm.edu/medical/altmed/herb/lemon-balm
Penn State Hershey Medical Center: on-line plant referencing at pennstatehershey.org
Herb Society: herbsociety.org/factsheets





Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.