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Effect of Lemon Balm on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Though the exact reasons are unknown, lemon balm (Melissa) has been show to have anti-anxiety affects in addition to its antiviral and antidepressant properties as well.
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Effect of Lemon Balm on Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)
Numerous test tube studies have found that extracts of lemon balm possess antiviral properties.5,6 We don't really know how it works, but the predominant theory is that the herb blocks viruses from...
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Effect of Lemon Balm on Panic Disorder
Though the exact reasons are unknown, lemon balm (Melissa) has been show to have anti-anxiety affects in addition to its antiviral and antidepressant properties as well. Naturally, having...
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What Is Melissa Used for Today?
Topical lemon balm is most popular today as a treatment for genital or oral herpes . It appears to make flare-ups less intense and last for a shorter period of time, but it doesn't completely eliminate them. Regular use of lemon balm might help prevent flare-ups, but this potential use hasn’t been properly studied.
Note: While conventional treatments can reduce infectivity and thereby help prevent the spread of herpes, there is no evidence as yet that lemon balm offers this benefit. Keep in mind also that common sense methods of avoiding passing on herpes are not entirely effective: Many people are infectious even when they do not have obvious symptoms, and use of a condom does not entirely prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, if you are sexually active with a noninfected partner who wishes to remain that way, we strongly recommend that you use suppressive drug therapy.
There is some evidence that oral use of lemon balm has sedative effects, and it is currently used for insomnia , anxiety , and nervous stomach . Inhaled essential oil of lemon balm may also have calming effects.