Lemon Balm

Herbal Supplements

Peer Reviewed

Lemon balm is from the same plant family as mint and contains tannins, eugenol, and terpenes. Tannins are antiviral—eugenol kills bacteria and relaxes muscle spasms—and terpenes are essential oils known to be antiviral and calming.
Bottles with lemon balm syrup in the gardenThis herb is used to ease gas, bloating, headache, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress and anxiety. It may promote digestion and help to control cold sores due to herpes viruses.

Sources of Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is available in the following forms: dried leaf, teas, extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils.

Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.

  • Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use lemon balm.
  • If taking thyroid medication, avoid using lemon balm.
  • When taken by mouth, lemon balm may cause some side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and wheezing.

Sedative medications may interact with lemon balm. Taking these medications with lemon balm may cause excessive sleepiness. Sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), and zolpidem (Ambien).

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of SpineUniverse.com, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 02/14/17
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George D. Picetti, III, MD
In reviewing the above supplements several observations were noted. First of all there are no scientific papers that review the efficacy of these supplements in refereed journals. Therefore we are not able to comment on how effective they are on a scientific level. These supplements are not held to the same standards as other medications, and thus the dose and concentration may differ among different brands or companies. Although many people claim to have good results from taking these and other supplements, it is always best to discuss this with your doctor before taking these supplements. If you are taking any supplement and are scheduled for surgery, it is imperative that you tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Some of these supplements can cause significant changes in your body’s chemical functions, such as slowing blood clot formation, which can be a serious problem during surgery.
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