Lemon Balm is scientifically referred to as Melissa Officinalis. The herb also has the common nick name of balm mint. It's very fascinating that the fragrance of lemon can be found in many plants. The same thing is so for many other aromas. It has a long history of use in alternative healing practices and has been researched by many scholarly studies around the world.
It has many uses from traditional and alternative medicine, to a popular culinary flavoring agent. It's often times used in teas and any sort of refreshing
delight that mint has been used in. This herb has a history of use in traditional Austrian medicine where the leaves were prescribed for both internal and external
applications. They were used in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, liver and bile. Today, this plant is still used in German pharmacies and
is the main ingredient in Carmelite Water. Carmelite water is a formulate that dates all the way back to the 14th century. The essential oils of this herb are also
used in aromatherapy.
Studies & Research
There has been extensive research on the effects and constituents found in this natural wonder. As shocking as it may seem high doses of purified extracts in human
subjects produced "significantly increased self-ratings of calmness and reduced self-ratings of alertness." Other studies show that a daily dose of lemon baln tea
reduces oxidative stress. These findings are not surprising as many plants are even used in the production of modern pharmaceutical medicine. They are literally
pharmacological gold mines.
Crushed leaves of the plant can be used as a mosquito repellent. Another study has found it to be effective in reducing stress and to have anxioltic effects. A
constituent known as rosmarinic acid causes GABA transaminase inhibition activity in humans. Again further research shows it to improve mood and mental performance.
These properties are thought to be due to the muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. This is further evidence of it's effectiveness in aromatherapy
Constituents found in this species: eugenol, tannins, and terpenes. Melissa officinalis also contains 1-octen-3-ol, 10-alpha-cadinol, 3-octanol, 3-octanone, alpha-
cubebene, alpha-humulene, beta-bourbonene, caffeic acid, caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, catechinene, chlorogenic acid, cis-3-hexenol, cis-ocimene, citral A,
citral B, citronellal, copaene, delta-cadinene, eugenyl acetate, gamma-cadinene, geranial, geraniol, geranyl acetate, germacrene D, isogeranial, linalool, luteolin-7-
glucoside, methylheptenone, neral, nerol, octyl benzoate, oleanolic acid, pomolic acid, protocatechuic acid, rhamnazine, rosmarinic acid, rosmarinin acid, stachyose,
succinic acid, thymol, trans-ocimene and ursolic acid. It also contains harmine, just like Passion Flower and Ayahuasca vine.
It may be interesting to note that harmine, a constituent found in this herb is also found in Passion
Flower, Ayahuasca Vine, and other MAOI inducing plants used in brews by Shamans. It's obvious after much
research that many of these prized pharmacological compounds exist over and over in many separate plants. Nature produces an endless abundance of these types of
compounds. The best part of it all is that they have been created by the pharmacy of reality itself.
The seeds of this plant requite light and temperatures of at least 20 degrees Celsius ( 70 degrees F ) in order to germinate. It's best to plant more than
one seed at a time for obvious reasons. You can use an old egg carton to germinate the seeds. If you do decide to use the egg carton you'll have to transplant them
into small pots rather quickly. Allow the seedlings to become root-bound before transplanting again.
These plants are perennial and belong to the mint family. This means they come back every year. They can completely die off in the winter and grow back, just like
other mint species. You should plant your seeds alone because can can quickly take over any garden plot.
This herb interacts with thyroxine, a thyroid medication. Consider interactions, dosages, long term effects, and preparations when considering this
alternative. Consult your healthcare provider before use.
Essential oils can easily be extracted from this plant using fresh material. Add the fresh organic material to some fluoride free water ( spring water ) and allow it
to sit in the sun for an extended period of time. You can also warm some water on the stove and add it to the organic material to separate the oils. Water that is too
hot may prove damaging to many of the prized constituents. These essential oils are what is prized in the practice of aromatherapy.
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