1:1 Fluid Extract of Organic Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis.
Traditional Uses: Lemon balm extract is mostly used for it's calming effects on the nerves and mood lifting qualities, as well as for it's anti-viral effect against the Herpes virus. It is beneficial to take as tea or extract in the presence of cold or influenza. Balm is believed to be safe as herbal medicine with wide spread benefits for the nervous, digestive, and the immune systems.
Benefits of Lemon Balm
- Protects against heart and liver problems
- Lemon balm has ability to protect the heart from various types of injuries.
- Lemon balm also seems to have an impact on the mechanics and electrical impulses of the heart.
- Traditional Iranian Medicine has used it as a therapy for some time to treat heart palpitations.
- Another electrical change lemon balm seems to provide is in regulating heart arrhythmias. Melissa officinalis seems to reduce the occurrence of premature beats, tachycardia and fibrillation within the heart, all without causing any negative side effects. A pilot study documented that Lemon balm extract causes changes in the electrocardiogram results and the electrical interval times, but more research is needed in this area.
2. Functions as a natural antibacterial agent
- Because of lemon balm’s long history in traditional medicine, researchers have studied how effective it actually protects against disease-causing agents, such as harmful bacteria.
- Lemon balm oil specifically shows a high level of antibacterial activity against candida. This is a common yeast infection that causes a number of symptoms including exhaustion, brain fog, digestive problems and a weakened immune system.
3. May be useful against diabetes
Researchers have tested both lemon balm essential oil and extract their effect on high blood sugar. Both produce similar results by reducing blood sugar levels and reducing oxidative stress related to diabetes.
In fact, researchers at the Free University of Berlin stated, “ethanolic lemon balm extract can potentially be used to prevent or concomitantly treat type 2 diabetes,” because they were so impressed by the convincing data.
4. Might improve mood, concentration and sleep
Traditionally, lemon balm has been used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Its mild sedative effect is a well-known feature. These claims seem to stand up to scientific scrutiny, as well as extend beyond treating general anxiety.
For example, lemon balm improves hyperactivity, concentration problems and impulsiveness in elementary school children. Taken internally in food products, it also seemed to enhance mood and/or cognitive performance in a study involving young adults.
A natural sleep aid, it also seems to help reduce symptoms of insomnia and sleep disorder, including during menopause when such symptoms are very commonplace.
5. Due to anti-viral properties, Lemon balm is used as a traditional medicine in the treatment of viral infections caused by the Herpes virus. Lemon balm helps relieve fever and it is safe and tested traditional remedy to take during colds or influenza.