Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Herbal Actions

  • Sedative
  • Spasmolytic
  • Antiviral
  • Antidepressant
  • Antianxiety

Used For

  • Hyperthyroid conditions
  • Insomnia & sleep disorders
  • Stress, anxiety, & depression
  • Flu and viral conditions
  • Digestive Disorders (IBS, bloating, & wind)
  • Topically for cold sores (Herpes Simplex Virus)

Avoid If...

You have a hypothyroid condition or are taking thyroid medication


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  • World Heath Organisation. (2004). WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants: Volume 2. World Health Organisation, Geneva.