LEMON BALM (Melissa officinalis): Benefits, Uses and Virtues of Lemon Balm? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects of Lemon Balm? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) is the ultimate medicinal plant for emotional detox and helps to combat insomnia, stress and overwork. It is a plant that actively promotes calm, relaxation, release… and it is particularly effective when combined with other plants that promote relaxation and calm and fight stress, such as Rhodiola, Griffonia simplicifolia, Ashwagandha, Cannabis and Valerian. However, the benefits of Lemon Balm are not limited to its hypotensive effects; it is also reputed to be effective in combating labial herpes and certain viruses and bacteria. Some studies have even been said to demonstrate a preventing effect during infection to the AIDS virus. But is this really true?

Lemon Balm: Medicinal Properties

Stress – Nervousness – Irritability

stress

- anti-stress (++) (synergy with Griffonia simplicifolia, Ashwagandha)
- lack of detachment (+++) (synergy with Cannabis)
- nervousness, agitation, irritability (++)
- emotional unrest, anxiety, distress (++) (synergy with Griffonia simplicifolia, Rhodiola)
- colitis, intestinal spasms (++)
- stimulates good mood, restores joy (++) (effective after a day’s work)
- spasmopholia of the stomach (++)
- nervous exhaustion, depression (++)
- hypochondriac (++)

Sleep – Dreams

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- avoiding bad dreams, nightmares (+++)
- improves quality and duration of sleep (++)
- promotes deep sleep (++)
- makes falling asleep easier (+)
- allows muscular relaxation before sleep (+)
- insomnia/sleep (+)

 

 

Digestion – Gastric acid – Periods

digestion

- stomach acid/heartburn (+++) (with liquorice)
- digestive problems (++)
- irritable bowel syndrome (+)
- intestinal anti-inflammatory (+) (see also Turmeric)
- nausea during pregnancy (+)
- stomach pain, colic (+)
- gastro-intestinal spasms (++)

- painful periods (++) (see also Maca and Cannabis)

Concentration – Memory

mémoire
- mental concentration (++) (see also Rhodiola, Ginseng)
- provides the emotional disengagement needed for undertaking a new intellectual activity (++)
- helps the mind and memory (++)
- physical and intellectual stimulant (++)
- improves memorisation (+)

- tinnitus (++) (see also Ginkgo Biloba)

- headaches(+)

Disease – Immunity

immunité
- herpes, shingles (+++)
- anti-bacterial / antiviral (++)
- anti-inflammatory of the lungs (+)
- might be prevent infection by AIDS (+) (studies must be confirmed)
- Alzheimer’s disease (++)
- hyperthyroidism (++) (Lemon Balm acts by inhibiting the loss of thyroid hormones)

 

Heart – Blood pressure

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- regulates the heart (++)
- blood circulation (++)
- reduces heart palpitations originating from the nervous system (++)
- hypotensive (++)

Lemon Balm: Origins

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) originated in southern Europe (in particular the Mediterranean), in Asia and in North Africa. It has been used for more than 2,000 years. Charlemagne asked all his subjects to grow the plant in their garden, and consume it regularly for its medicinal benefits.

Lemon Balm: Composition

Lemon Balm is rich in calcium, phosphor; Vitamins A and C. In the form of essential oil it contains citral, citronella, flavonoids…

Lemon Balm: Dosage

Take 1-3 infusions per day. Infuse 1-5 grams when the plant is fresh, or up to 10 grams of dried Lemon Balm. It is possible to buy Lemon Balm in the form of essential oils that promote relaxation. The use of capsules is rarer. Lemon Balm floral water (skin problems, eye diseases) is a mixture of plants with a high proportion of Lemon Balm. Lemon Balm is rarely consumed on its own.

Lemon Balm: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

The main benefits of Lemon Balm are its calming and relaxing effects that provide the emotional disengagement needed for tackling new problems. It can therefore be useful at the end of a stressful day, and in promoting relaxation and sleep. Lemon Balm can be of great help for those suffering from nightmares and recurrent insomnia (in particular when combined with Valerian, Griffonia simplicifolia and Ashwagandha). It is also a useful treatment for excess stomach acid. On the other hand, the protective and antiviral properties of the plant are often underestimated – Lemon Balm remains an excellent remedy against labial herpes and other diseases.

Lemon Balm: Side-effects, contraindications

Lemon Balm has no side-effects, and it is very safe to use. However, to get the most benefit from the plant, it is better to avoid consuming it for prolonged periods of time. Treatments of 3 weeks on to 1 week off are recommended. There is no danger of addiction to Lemon Balm.

Lemon Balm: Opinions of experts

Lemon Balm is effective at relaxing the nervous system and helps to protect the body in its entirety. It helps to calm nervous fits and relax people who are distressed or upset. It is also good for the heart, the digestive system and the nervous system. It promotes relaxation and allows those suffering from the negative effects of stress to take a step back. It is a plant that protects the body and more particularly the nervous and digestive systems. Lemon Balm should be taken regularly as a preventative.

Lemon Balm: More information

Further research on Lemon Balm has uncovered its role in preventing HIV infection. Lemon Balm might reduce the risk of the transmission of AIDS, although it is not a treatment for the disease. Lemon Balm is one of the favourite plants of bees, which collect it and transform it into honey.

Lemon Balm: Combination with other plants

Lemon Balm is often combined with plants such as Valerian, Passion flower, Lavender (relaxation, insomnia, nervous balance), Ashwagandha, Griffonia simplicifolia (insomnia, nightmares, stress, nervous balance), Ginseng and Rhodiola (concentration, stress, nervous balance), and is very good in combination with Liquorice (stomach problems, gastric acid), Ginkgo Biloba (blood circulation, tinnitus, headaches), Eucalyptus, Thyme (antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial), Meadowsweet, Camomile (digestion, insomnia), Hops and Cannabis (agitation, nervousness, nervous fits, difficulty in disengaging, spasms, painful periods), Turmeric (digestion, intestinal inflammation, protection of the liver), Maca (fatigue, painful periods, aphrodisiac).

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