Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm - Melissa officinalis

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Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis)

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    • Family: Lamiaceae
      Genus: Melissa
      Species: officinalis
      Common Names: Balm, Lemon Balm, Erva Cidrera, Common Balm, Cytria, Hashishat Al Nahil, Kovanutu, Nd, Ogulotu, Seiyo-Yama-Hakka, Toronjil, Tronjan
      Part Used: Whole herb

    Documented Properties
    & Actions:
    Anodyne, antibacterial, antihistamine, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, calmative, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, lactogogue, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic
    (+)-citronellal, 1-octen-3-ol, 10-alpha-cadinol, 3-octanol, 3-octanone, Alpha- cubebene, Alpha-humulene, Beta-bourbonene, Caffeic-acid, Caryophyllene, Caryophyllene-oxide, Catechins, Chlorogenic-acid, Cis-3-hexenol, Cis-ocimene, Citral-A, Citral-B, Citronellal, Copaene, Delta-cadinene, Eugenyl-acetate, Gamma-cadinene, Geranial, Geraniol, Geranyl-acetate, Germacrene-D, Isogeranial, Linalool, Luteolin-7-glucoside, Methyl-heptenone, Neral, Nerol, Octyl-benzoate, Oleanolic-acid, Pomolic-acid, Protocatechuic-acid, Rhamnazin, Rosmaric-acid, Rosmarinic-acid, Stachyose Succinic-acid , Thymol, Trans- ocimene, Ursolic-acid

    Quoted References

    1. "Lemon balm relaxes the nervous system producing sleep. It is used for epilepsy, nerve disorders, insomnia, fainting, hysteria, migraine headaches, hypochondria and vertigo. It works simultaneously on the digestive system for intestinal maladies like stomach afflictions or flatulence. Lemon balm is also used for heat palpitations and has been found to increase blood circulation."

    2. "Organically grown in the orient and a member of the mint family, lemon balm helps strengthen the mind and nervous system. It acts as a tonic to the heart and digestive system and as an antispasmodic. It helps support the female reproductive system and can ease tension and cramping during the menstrual cycle. It helps with emotional upset and is an antidepressant. It also helps to clear mental obstruction and nourish heart yin. It is a remedy for gas and colic, nervous tension and insomnia. It can clear mucous from the lungs. Being a mild diaphoretic it can be used to induce sweating when taken hot. Lemon balm has been used as a salve for herpes simplex in Europe."

    3. "ACTIONS: Strengthens nervous system, Enhances digestion, Antispasmodic, Eases emotional upset. TRADITIONAL USE: Lemon Balm has been used by herbalists since the late seventeenth century. Believed to be a strengthener of the mind and nervous system, it is a tonic to the heart, nervous and digestive systems and antispasmodic to muscles. Sedative, yet uplifting to the spirit, Lemon Balm is also a great support for the female reproductive system and cases tension associated with the menstrual cycle and cramping. Lemon Balm is used to ease menstrual tensions, pains and acts as an antidepressant. MERIDIAN INDICATIONS: Clears mental obstruction, Gentle Yang remedy, Nourishes Heart Yin. EVA POINTS: Heart, Triple Warmer, Stomach."

    4. "Medicinal Actions and Uses: Carminative, diaphoretic and febrifuge. It induces a mild perspiration and makes a pleasant and cooling tea for feverish patients in cases of catarrh and influenza."

    6. "Good for depression and tension, the leaves are also carminative, so are ideal for anyone who suffers from digestive upsets when worried or anxious. Lemon balm is cooling, so the leaves are good in feverish colds. Actions: Sedative, anti-depressant, digestion stimulant, relaxes peripheral blood vessels, promotes sweating, relaxing restorative for the nervous system, antiviral (possibly due to polyphenols and tannins), antibacterial, carminative, antispasmodic."

    7. "Balm has a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system causing mild vaso-dilation of the peripheral vessels, thus acting to lower blood pressure."

    10. "Melissa officinalis L. Lamiaceae. "Toronjil", "Lemon balm". Cultivated. Leaf infusion used as a sedative (contains at least 5 sedative compounds), antiflatulent, and antispasmodic."

    14. "Its very name suggests the primary application of balm - a soothing, calming agent for stressed nerves. Balm, like the various members of the mint family, is invigorating and yet relaxing to the nervous system because it is highly aromatic. These effects are felt throughout the body, and have earned balm the reputation of being a mild panacea.
    Balm is a common constituent of relaxants, nervines and sleeping aids throughout the world. Seldom used alone, it seems to interact with and enhance the activity of other beneficial tonics for the nervous system. In folk medicine, balm is used as a stomachic (to reduce turmoil in the GI tract), antispasmodic (to reduce tension and cramping in both smooth and striated muscle throughout the body), and carminative (to neutralize the effects of gas on the stomach and intestines). Balm is frequently employed in treatments for female discomforts of all kinds, for nervous system problems, for insomnia, cramps, headache, muscle tension and soreness. Science has yet to investigate the medicinal properties of balm thoroughly, yet what work has been done has established the nervine, antispasmodic, antihistamine, carminative, and antimicrobial properties of the plant."

    15. "Balm is classified as antispasmodic, calmative, emmenagogue, carminative, and diaphoretic. Its uses in herbal medicine are many, but it is especially valued as a soother of nerves and a reliever of tensions, especially for women troubled by the stress of PMS or by the emotional upset that may accompany menstrual or menopausal problems. Balm is also used to ease menstrual cramps, and as an emmenagogue it is recommended in cases of delayed menstruation."

    Elsewhere Cosmetic, Perfume, Sedative, Spasm, Toothache, Tumor
    Europe Sclerosis(Liver)
    Panama Calmative, Carminative, Digestive, Spasm, Viricide
    Turkey Anodyne, Antiseptic, Carminative, Cordial, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Fever, Lactogogue, Nervine, Perfume, Sedative, Sternutatory, Stomachic, Spasm, Stimulant Sudorific, Tonic
    U.S. Ache(Head)

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