Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis
For Insomnia – Terpenes, parts of the volatile oil that gives lemon balm its distinctive smell, are also responsible for its efficacy as a sleep aid and sedative. Lemon balm tincture is especially potent in treating insomnia when blended with valerian root.
Also a carminative — a substance that prevents or eases gas. The herb may help dyspepsia, calm nervous stomachs and relieve colic.
Infection – The terpenes and tannins in lemon balm have antiviral properties. Lemon balm is particularly effective against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections.
Alzheimer’s Disease – Lemon balm may be a possible aid for improving cognitive function and decreasing agitation in Alzheimer’s patients. Lemon balm extracts may bind directly to specific receptors in the brain that make it an effective and relatively safe treatment for dementia.
General Health Benefits – Often said to ease stress and anxiety, lemon balm contains a compound known as rosmarinic acid that appears to have potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Alternative practitioners believe that lemon balm can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including insomnia, cold sores, high cholesterol, genital herpes, heartburn, and indigestion.
Dosage: 1 dropperful 3x a day, or 1x a day as a preventative.