Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)

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GENERIC NAME: Melissa officinalis

BRAND NAME: Lemon Balm

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Lemon balm is a plant used as an herbal supplement. It may have antiviral activity against some viruses, for example, the herpes virus as well as calming effects. It active compounds in lemon balm are caffeic acid and tannins.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Lemon balm is available in tea, tincture, and cream or ointment formations.

STORAGE: Due to many manufacturers producing each formulation, storage requirements may vary based on individual product.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Lemon balm may be used digestive aid, increase appetite, flatulence, genital herpes, and insomnia and anxiety.

Discuss all herbs and supplements you are currently taking with your health care professional.

DOSING:

  • Tea: Use 1.5 to 4.5 gram leaf in 150 ml water to prepare 1 cup of tea, as needed.
  • Tincture: Take 2 to 6 ml by mouth 3 times a day.
  • Cream/ointment: Apply 1% of a 70:1 extract to the affected area(s) 2 to 4 times a day for up to 14 days.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014



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