Lemon Balm photo by Lorri Brown

Scientific Name: Melissa officinalis

Other Names: Balm, Balm Mint, Bee Balm, Blue Balm, Cure-All, Dropsy Plant, Garden Balm, Melissa, Sweet Balm

Parts Used: Aerial Parts

Preparation & Dosage:

Herbal Actions: Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Calmative, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Hepatic, Hypnotic (Mild), Nervine Relaxant, Neuroprotective, Stomachic

Uses: Anxiety, Asthma, Colic, Chronic Bronchial Catarrh, Cramps, Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Graves’ Disease, Herpes Simplex Skin Lesions, Hysteria, Induce Menstruation, Influenza, Insect Bites, Insomnia, to Lower Blood Pressure, Melancholy, Migraine, Milk-knots, Neuralgia, PMS, Pregnancy (Headaches & Dizziness), Sores, Stress, Toothache, Tumors

Contraindications: Avoid using in large amounts in people with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other hypothyroid conditions (small amounts as part of a larger formula should be okay).