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

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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.


  • 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.

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.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/4/2016

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