Lemon balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, is a perennial herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. This versatile herb can offer a wide range of nootropic and general health benefits. But why should you consider taking it?
Stress and Anxiety Relief
Lemon balm has been shown to have a calming effect on the body and mind. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in 2002 found that taking a standardized lemon balm extract significantly reduced symptoms of anxiety in people with mild to moderate anxiety disorders. Another double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2005 found that a combination of lemon balm and valerian root was effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety in people with sleep disorders.
Lemon balm has been traditionally used as a natural remedy for sleep issues, primarily because it has a sedative effect on the body. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics in 2003 found that taking a standardized lemon balm extract significantly improved sleep quality in people with insomnia. Additionally, because of its anti-anxiety properties, lemon balm may also contribute to improved sleep by helping to produce a relaxing effect on those who take it.
Lemon balm has been used to treat digestive issues for centuries. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2000 found that taking a standardized lemon balm extract significantly reduced symptoms of gas and bloating in people with functional dyspepsia.
A study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research in 2019, found that taking a standardized lemon balm extract significantly improved cognitive function, including memory and attention, in older adults.
Lemon balm has anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful in reducing pain, swelling and redness in the body. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2002 found that taking a standardized lemon balm extract significantly reduced inflammation in people with osteoarthritis.
Lemon balm has also been found to have anti-viral properties, which may help to prevent the spread of viral infections such as herpes, cold sores, and even the flu. A study published in the Journal of Medical Virology in 2002 found that applying a cream containing lemon balm extract significantly reduced the number of herpes outbreaks in people with the virus.
Lemon balm may be an ancient remedy, but it's still a very potent one. Drinking a cup of lemon balm tea or adding some to your favorite recipe is a great whole-foods way to bring some of these great benefits to your mind and body -- or check out our P.M. Nootropic and natural sleep aid Dream, which is packed with lemon balm and other sleep, mood and cognition supporting ingredients.
Whether you're looking for improved mood, focus and energy – or just something that tastes delicious – this therapeutic herb stands ready to soothe your soul. And when life gives you lemons, why not make lemon balm?
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