Health Benefits of Lemon Balm
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is also known under the names of balm, common balm, or balm mint. It is an excellent remedy for nerves, relieves tensions and anxiety and has the power to create a good mood in case of fatigue.
From this plant are harvested the leaves, stems and flowers, which are then put to dry in a thin layer, in the shade and well-ventilated place. The way it works is similar to that of drugs such as diazepam and rudotel, but it lacks the side effects.
The essential oil content in the leaves reaches 0,4-0,5% and it is used in pharmaceutics and cosmetics.
Besides the essential oil, the lemon balm also contains: citral, citronellol, tannins, resins, saponins, succinic acid, vitamin C (up to 15 percent of the dry matter), geraniol and a bitter principle.
Here are some of the therapeutic indications of lemon balm:
- Fights against headaches that occur as a response to feeling nervous. Probably the most important category of lemon balm effects is that on the nervous system. When taken in small doses and occasionally, the lemon balm is an excellent sedative, being recommended against headaches, which occur in the background of stress and strain, insomnia, and digestive disorders that appear as a result of being nervous.
- Improves memory. Lemon balm is an excellent remedy for Alzheimer’s disease (reducing the agitated state and improving memory), post-traumatic memory disorders, and memory disorders caused by cerebral vascular problems.
- Eliminates depression. Lemon balm used in the treatment of disorders such as depression, mental anorexia, and anxieties of all sorts has offered results that are more than encouraging.
- Heals the thyroid disorders. Studies conducted by institutes of endocrinology have shown that lemon balm extracts directly inhibit the action of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (THS) in the body.
- Regulates menstruation and diminishes the effects of the premenstrual syndrome. The administration of lemon balm tincture has regulatory effects of the menstrual cycle, being an excellent remedy for problems such as fussiness and discomfort before menses, irregular menses accompanied by abdominal pain, spasms and headaches.
- Relieves rheumatism. 4 cups of lemon balm infusion taken daily help combat most forms of rheumatism, having an anti-inflammatory action, and slowing or even stopping the degenerative processes.
- It is an excellent remedy for intestinal fermentation and irritable bowel. Lemon balm is one of the most powerful herbal remedies for intestinal fermentation, having the ability to inhibit the overgrowth of the fermentation bacteria in the colon, combat spasms, and diminish inflammation.
- Has therapeutic effects in hepatobiliary diseases. The lemon balm infusion is an excellent remedy for biliary dyskinesia, cholecystitis and an adjuvant against cholelithiasis. The lemon balm extract has a favorable action on viral hepatitis. It seems that this plant is a real enemy of viruses.
- It is the enemy of herpes. The viruses that cause the Type 1 and Type 2 herpes are completely destroyed by the mysterious substance contained by this plant.
Precautions and contraindications
People who use sedatives and synthetic painkillers should avoid using lemon balm.
The herb should not be used, especially long-term and in large doses, by patients suffering from hypothyroidism.