See more of lemon balm’s many health benefits below!
Mental Clarity, Concentration and Relaxation
Lemon balm is widely used to treat anxiety and insomnia in Europe.
It reduces anxiety and stress and eases sleep disorders. Recently it produced
an unexpected result in a research study: it greatly increased the ability to
concentrate and perform word and picture tasks.
Helpful for Homework?
In a study of lemon balm at Northumbria University in England
students were tested for weeks while using either Lemon balm or a placebo. The
students did significantly better on the tests after taking Lemon balm and continued
to post improved scores for up to six hours after taking the herb. The students
taking Lemon balm were noted to be calmer and less stressed during the tests.
(From Prevention Magazine Sept. 2004)
Herpes and Antiviral Properties
Research has shown that the plant contains polyphenols, it can
help significantly in the treatment of cold sores and combat the herpes simplex
virus, shingles as well as other viral afflictions. Studies have shown a
significant reduction in the duration and severity of herpes. Researchers also
noted a “tremendous reduction” in the frequency of recurrence.
When applied to cold sores or genital sores caused by the herpes
simplex virus, creams or ointments containing lemon balm have speeded healing.
The infections did not spread as much and individuals using topical lemon balm
also reported more relief from symptoms such as itching and redness. At least
part of this effect is due to antiviral properties of caffeic acid and
rosmarinic acid, which are contained in lemon balm.
In one study on 115 patients, a proprietary preparation of lemon
balm extract in a lip balm showed efficacy in treating lip sores associated
with the herpes simplex virus (WÃ¶bling and Leonhardt, 1994).
Several studies have used Lemon balm, and Lemon balm/Valerian
combinations to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia. The studies have shown
improved sleep patterns and reduced stress and anxiety. In one study a Lemon
balm/Valerian combination was found to be as effective as the prescription drug
Lemon balm is approved for “nervous sleeping disorders” and
“functional gastrointestinal complaints” by Commission E of the German Federal
Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. Commission E is the German governmental
agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. The
United States does not have a comparable agency to evaluate herbal products.
Thyroid and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lemon balm is used in Europe for treating thyroid problems and has
shown an ability to regulate thyroid hormone production. This ability, along
with the herbs anti-viral characteristics have made the herb useful in the
treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Thanks to Herb Wisdom for this great report…