Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm, balm, Melissa, sweet balm)

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GENERIC NAME: Melissa officinalis

BRAND NAME: Lemon Balm, balm, Melissa, sweet balm

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: 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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of lemon balm are:

  • hypersensitivity reactions,
  • sedation, and
  • skin irritation.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Lemon balm might interact with thyroid medications and sedatives.

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY: Pregnant women should not take or use lemon balm. Women who are breastfeeding should not take or use lemon balm.

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/4/2016



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