Lemon balm : a new friend against stress and anxiety ? It is true that plant is a great classic of phytotherapy. Indeed, lemon balm is used against stress, anxiety and insomnia. It will surprise you!

Do you really know the Lemon balm ?

The melissa officinalis is a herbaceous plant, when you rub it leaves it smells like lemon.

  • This plant is very effective against stress, it helps to reduce anxiety, anguish and nervous disorders.
  • Its relaxing action also helps your heart and digestive system. Used as an herbal tea, it reduces tension and improves the quality of sleep. In general, lemon balm provides a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
  • A natural anxiolytic that can be relied upon, this plant also has a regulating effect on the nervous system.
  • Finally, for people suffering from chronic stress, having difficulty coping with the day or difficulty to falling asleep in the evening for example, lemon balm can be combined with other plant extracts with relaxing properties.

Lemon balm against stress: The origin of its properties

The multiple virtues of lemon balm come from its active ingredients: aldehydes and terpene alcohols (eugenol, geraniol, linalool…). The terpene alcohols have neurotonic, hepatostimulant and immunomodulating and the carophyllene contains anti-inflammatory and also antispasmodic properties.

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Lemon balm against stress: How much?

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) is currently evaluating the benefits of this food, according to the proposed claims below:

ID2302 :

At a rate of 400mg of dry leaf extract per day, it :

  • In first it help to find a better sleep
  • In second it reduce agitation or tension
  • Helps to reduce irritability

Lemon balm: what dose? for which application ?


At 600mg of lemon balm leaves per day, which is 15% of the lowest therapeutic dose of 4000mg, it :

  • Helps maintain a positive mood and good cognitive function
  • Finally, it helps to maintain optimal relaxation

As a conclusion,

This plant with time-defying powers

In the 17th century, lemon balm was one of the plants cultivated in the gardens of monasteries. The Carmelites also made a hydroalcoholic extract from it which is one of the oldest pharmaceutical specialities still in use.

Today, no toxicity of lemon balm has been reported.

Due to its sedative properties, lemon balm can be responsible for a decrease in vigilance or considerably increase the action of many drugs. To avoid any drug interaction, it is best to consult a doctor before taking lemon balm.

With its many positive effects, lemon balm could well become your new “essential” in your relaxation product formulas and also your new friend against the stress

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