Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) (cont.)

Pharmacy Author:
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:


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

PREGNANCY: Pregnant women should not take or use lemon balm.

NURSING MOTHERS: Women who are breastfeeding should not take or use lemon balm.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of lemon balm are hypersensitivity reactions, sedation, and skin irritation.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pill Finder Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.

Back to Medications Index