Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Botanical Name:

Melissa officinalis

Common Name(s):

Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint


Native to Europe and western Asia, naturalized and cultivated throughout the world

Parts Used:

Aerial parts

Key Actions:

  • Antidepressant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Carminative
  • Diaphoretic
  • Nervine
  • Hepatic

Traditional Uses:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Cold/Flu
  • Cold sores
  • Toothache
  • Nausea
  • Fevers
  • Insect stings
  • Shingles
  • Skin rashes


May inhibit thyroid function.


  • Tea
  • Tincture
  • Salve
  • Essential oil

Disclaimer: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease. Information is provided for educational purposes only, it is not to be used as medical advice. Use this herb at your own risk. We are not responsible for dosage mistakes, misuse, or adverse reactions. Each person reacts differently to each plant and you should always exercise caution when taking herbs and herbal products. Always consult a medical professional before taking/using any herb or herbal product.

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