Gentle enough for children over age 13, this soothing tincture is truly a balm for those trying to sleep. It is soothing to those under mental stress and has also been used traditionally to relieve digestive complaints. Consider this herb for those needing a good night’s sleep before a test, big exam or big interview.
Some call it the “Valium” of herbal medicine without the side effects. Lemon Balm is a central nervous system relaxant gentle enough for adolescents, yet effective enough for adults. It is truly a balm for anyone who tosses and turns due to stress, and it does double duty by relieving spasms and other digestive complaints so often associated with stress and anxiety.
Lemon Balm has been used for centuries to help alleviate anxiety and is known for such far-reaching benefits as easing indigestion, inducing more restful sleep, relieving migraines and even enhancing memory. Its medicinal value is concentrated in the leaves of the plant, which house powerful antioxidants that include flavonoids, polyphenols and monoterpenes. Such compounds are fascinating researchers with their enormous promise for mitigating disease by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
Lemon Balm has been shown in clinical research to have many of the positive effects of prescription anxiety medications, but it is much better tolerated. It is thought to act in a similar fashion to benzodiazepenes like Valium in that it mimics certain brain chemicals that promote relaxation and sleep. These chemicals are also critical for supporting cognition and memory function. Preliminary studies have already shown Lemon Balm to help slow cognitive decline and relieve symptoms of agitation common in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The bounty of essential oils in Lemon Balm lends it the ability to relieve digestive complaints such as gas and bloating, especially when caused by anxiety. The same essential oils also have bacteria fighting action: researchers are studying Lemon Balm and other herbs high in essential oils as possible alternatives to antibiotics.
Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as a sleep aid and in cases of stress-related insomnia.
*Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), alcohol & water.
5 – 30 drops 3 times daily.
Caution: Avoid in pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature.