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

Please Note: I am not a medical professional. ALWAYS seek advice from a doctor, naturopath or herbal professional to discuss your options before taking any sort of medication, home remedy, herbal remedy or supplement.