Lemon Balm

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What other names is Lemon Balm known by?

Balm, Bálsamo de Limón, Cure-All, Dropsy Plant, Honey Plant, Melisa, Melissa, Melissa officinalis, Melissae Folium, Mélisse, Mélisse Citronnelle, Mélisse Officinale, Melissenblatt, Monarde, Sweet Balm, Sweet Mary, Toronjil.

What is Lemon Balm?

Lemon balm is a plant. The leaves are used to make medicine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cold sores.
  • Colic in breast-fed infants.
  • Improving the quality of sleep, when taken with valerian.
  • Upset stomach (dyspepsia), when a combination of lemon balm and several other herbs is used.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Loss of appetite, stomach and intestinal discomfort with bloating and gas, anxiety, sleeping disorders, restlessness, spasms, a thyroid condition called Graves' disease, promoting menstrual flow, female discomforts, cramps, headache, toothache, sores, tumors, insect bites, nervous stomach, hysteria, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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