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Ingredient Type: Botanical

Also Known As: Melissa officinalis, Balm mint, Balm, Common balm, Garden balm, Melissa, Sweet balm

Lemon Balm is a perennial plant that is native to South-central Europe, Iran, and Central Asia.  It is part of the mint family, and its leaves have a lemon scent.  Its leaves have been used in herbal teas and extracts for their calming, sedative effects since AD 23.

Lemon Balm has a calming effect on the nervous system and is used in health supplements today as a sleep and digestive aid.


In the meantime see the Penn State Hershey Health Information Library entry for lemon balm, the entry for Melissa officinalis, this European Medicines Agency monograph on Melissa officinalis, the Michigan Medicine Health Library entry for lemon balm, or the WebMD entry for lemon balm for more information.