Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is also known as Sweet Balm, Melissa, Honey Plant, or Sweet Mary. Lemon Balm is native to the east Mediterranean region and west Asia, and is now cultivated throughout Europe. The leaf and the leaf oil can be used medicinally. Lemon Balm contains citronellal, neral, and geranial monoterpenoid aldehydes; flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds (such as rosmarinic acid); and monoterpene glycosides.
Lemon Balm has been found to have sedative, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral effects.
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Cautions Orally, Lemon Balm is well tolerated. Rare reports of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains, and dizziness have been made.