Health Benefits of Lemon Balm
Wherever there are high stress levels, there are health problems. Stress is detrimental to your mental health, cognitive function, digestion, circadian cycle (for sleep), and even muscle and joint health. Fortunately, we have adaptogens.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinales) is an adaptogenic herb that reduces the symptoms of stress and anxiety (1). It promotes better sleep, moderate appetite, and ease digestive upset. The small but might herb also helps to restore homeostasis in the central nervous system so that we feel less reactive to stressors.
For many, lemon balm has a pleasant citrus aroma with slight citrus and herbaceous notes. It can be served hot or iced. It is calming, but not a strong sedative, so most people can enjoy lemon balm at any time of day.
Lemon balm comes in multiple forms: tea, tincture, capsule and essential oils are the most common. The herb is generally considered safe for consumption in health adults. For acute stress conditions, consider up to 600mg/ day of lemon balm (2).
Always speak with your trusted clinician before making changes to your dietary or exercise regimens. Before adding lemon balm to your wellness routine, be certain to speak with your clinician if you are on medications for glaucoma or thyroid disorder, as well as SSRIs or any drug that affects serotonin and sedatives. A consultation is also recommended if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or scheduled for surgery.