Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a herb in the mint family, native to Europe and Asia. It has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.
Herbs, Roots & Barks
May be toxic in high doses
Lemon Balm Helps With
- Sleep Issues (Early Awaking and Sleep Latency)
Lemon Balm and Sleep
Sleep is a very important physiological process, as it regulates the body’s functions. It is responsible for promoting / facilitating energy conservation, synthesis and secretion of hormones and proteins, learning and memory through brain changes. Sleep is mainly driven by the circadian cycle, which involves exposure to light, hormones such as melatonin, and hypothalamic activity. The compounds that help regulate sleep work in different pathways, they can facilitate the process of falling asleep, increase the duration of continuous sleep or improve the quality of sleep.
Lemon Balm and Stress
Stress can be understood as a situation in which the individual is physically or mentally overloaded, which can cause pain, tension and physical injury, as well as emotional fatigue, tiredness, reduced productivity and attention. The substances that help control stress act on hormonal regulation (for example, cortisol), on the circadian cycle and promote physical and mental relaxation.
Lemon Balm and Anxiety
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. It can be triggered by a specific situation and not last long – which is very common and ok – or it can be a generalized disorder (which is considered a illness) that can bring harm to everyday life and also cause other conditions like depression.