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Melissa officinalis is an herbaceous perennial in the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to the Mediterranean, southern Europe, and western Asia. Lemon balm is a calming herb used for tenseness, restlessness, irritability, as well as for digestive complaints and externally for cold sores.

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Please enjoy this information on lemon balm made available through the generosity of Four Elements’ adoption.

Additional ABC Lemon Balm Resources

Lemon Balm monograph from The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines

Lemon Balm monograph from Herbal Medicines: Expanded Commission E Monographs

HerbClip reviews

Review of the Uses, Chemistry, and Pharmacology of Lemon Balm. HC# 071645-561, January 31, 2017

Supplementation with Lemon Balm Leaf Powder Improves Lipid Profiles in Patients with Borderline Hyperlipidemia. HC# 071611-560, January 13, 2017

Aqueous Lemon Balm Extract Alleviates Benigh Heart Palpitations. HC# 071556-537, January 29, 2016

Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease with Agitation: Cochrane Review Update. HC# 041455-503, August 29, 2014

A Review of Phytochemicals that Enhance Human Brain Function. HC# 041154-429, July 29, 2011

Effective Herbal Remedies for Herpes Simplex Infections. HC# 060293-386, October 15, 2009

A Review of Sage, Lemon Balm, and Rosemary for Cognitive Function. HC# 010292-377, May 29, 2009

Exposition on Lemon Balm. HC# 100475-353, May 30, 2008


Read the press release on Four Element's adoption of Lemon Balm.

Contact us  for more information on  ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program.