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Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)

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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.



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.


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.

REFERENCE: Science.gov.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014

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Pharmacy Author:

Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

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