Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Part Used

Aerial

Systems

Nervous

Actions

Anti-fungal; anti-histaminic; anti-microbial; antispasmodic; anti-thyroid; anti-viral; cardiotonic; carminative; diaphoretic; nervine sedative & tonic

Traditional Uses

Specific use for dyspepsia (indigestion) associated with anxiety and/or a depressive mood. Indicated for symptoms typical of hyperthyroidism: anxiety, restlessness, palpitations, headache, and excitability. A mild anti-depressant. Strengthens the brain and its resistance to stress/shock; lifts the spirits. Has tonic effects on the heart and circulatory system. Used topically for gout. Used internally for rheumatism, herpes, and other viral infections. ^1. 2.