Balm, Lemon

Balm, Lemon

Balm, Lemon

Formal Name: Melissa officinalis
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information

History

Lemon balm is a perennial herb native to Mediterranean and southern Europe. It has been an important component of aromatherapy for centuries, and is also included in some types of Colgate Herbal toothpaste because of its soothing qualities.

Bodily Functions Balm, Lemon Assists

Lemon balm is an herb traditionally used to facilitate the body’s natural sleep cycle, acting as a calming agent. It is also used in aromatherapy to treat depression, and ingested to stave off cold symptoms and upset stomach. Some individuals have also claimed that lemon balm is effective for treating Alzheimer’s, cancer, ADHD, and HIV, though these claims are not necessarily substantiated by scientific evidence.

Foods High in Balm, Lemon

The fresh, aromatic scent of lemon balm makes it a perfect ingredient for salads and teas.

Ailment That Balm, Lemon Eliminates:
  • Alleviates upset stomach
  • Reduces cold and flu symptoms
  • Works as a calming agent when added to tea or bathwater, eliminating insomnia
  • Reduces redness and swelling of herpes when applied directly to a sore
  • Repels insects
  • Soothes insect bites
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Do not use lemon balm if you have a thyroid condition
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult a physician before using lemon balm

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