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Lemon balm, balm, common balm, or balm mint, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family Lamiaceae and native to south-central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia, but now naturalized in the Americas and elsewhere. It grows to a maximum height of 70–150 cm. – Wikipedia
What is Lemon Balm?
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a lemon-scented herb of the same family as mint. The herb is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia but has spread worldwide. Lemon balm improves mood and cognitive function and helps to relieve stress.
It soothes the symptoms of stress, helps you relax, and promotes healthier, happier moods.
A 2004 study found that taking lemon balm relieves the adverse mood effects of psychological stress — participants who took lemon balm reported an increased sense of calmness and a decreased sense of alertness.
Benefits and Effects
What Are Lemon Balm Benefits?
- Reduces Anxiety and Stress Levels
- Boost Cognitive Function
Lemon balm may also be used to help reduce signs of anxiety, such as nervousness and excitability.
Research published in 2014 looked at the mood and cognitive effects of lemon balm foods. The supplement was mixed with natural or artificial sweeteners into a beverage and yogurt. Participants in both groups reported positive effects on various mood aspects, including reduced levels of anxiety.
The supplement was mixed with natural or artificial sweeteners into a beverage and yogurt. Participants in both groups reported positive effects on various mood aspects, including reduced levels of anxiety. Although this is promising, more research is needed to truly determine its effectiveness.
How To Take Lemon Balm?
Initially, take 300mg and see how you react to it. In stressful situations, you may take up to 600mg in a single dose to maximize the potential benefits.