What if I told you there was an herb that can help with hyperthyroidism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, IBS, and other GI complaints related to nervous origin, while at the same time contains anti-viral properties against herpes? You would want to know what this herb was, correct? The herb is Melissa officnalis, or more commonly known as lemon balm. Lemon balm is a member of the Lamiaceae (mint) family and is native to the center-southern region of Europe. It has been used medicinally for years.
There have been many studies on the positive effects lemon balm can have on overall health. One study looked at its effect on herpes. Researchers found that lemon balm extract shortened the healing time, aided in the prevention of spreading, and also helped with the tingling, burning, itching, swelling, and redness commonly associated with the infection. In another study, scientists found that it inhibited the replication of the herpes simplex virus. In vitro studies conducted on lemon balm and Grave’s Disease have shown that lemon balm blocks the attachment of the antibodies that cause Grave’s disease. One final study found that insulin resistant high fat diet fed mice given lemon balm had reduced hyperglycemia (blood sugar), insulin resistance, and LDL/VLDL cholesterol levels after 6 weeks.
Another benefit of lemon balm is the calming effect it can have. The ability to increase relaxation makes it effective in the treatment of ADHD and anxiety. Studies have shown that lemon balm increases GABA (inhibitory neurotransmitter) in synapses (decreased levels of GABA have been associated with anxiety). There are many uses for lemon balm and Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry a variety of extracts, supplements, essential oils, and more.