Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis (Aerial Parts)
Actions: Antidepressant, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, nervine, radioprotective
Energetics: Cooling & drying
Use: Lemon balm is useful when stress or anxiety affects digestion, such as in nervous dyspepsia or stress-related irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), because it acts on both the digestive and nervous systems.
Lemon balm’s volatile oils are not only responsible for its antispasmodic and carminative properties, they also provide much of its antimicrobial properties—lemon balm is particularly indicated for use during herpes simplex infection.
Safety: Lemon balm is generally regarded as safe. It may affect thyroid hormone levels, so this herb may not be appropriate for some individuals with thyroid conditions.
Dose: Infusion: 6-12 g dried aerial parts/day divided into 1-3 doses; Tincture: 2-6 mL for 3x/day