Lemon Balm

Melisaa officinalis

Part used: Herb

Energetics: Sour, cooling, drying

Actions: Relaxing nervine, anxiolytic, antidepressant, sedative, nootropic, nervine tonic, antimicrobial, antiviral, relaxing diaphoretic, febrifuge, carminative, aromatic digestant, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, antispasmodic, antioxidant


  • Anxiety, nervousness, stress, insomnia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, tension headaches
  • Improves cognitive function, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dyspepsia associated with anxiety or depressive states, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating
  • Menstrual cramping, muscle tension
  • Colds and influenza, fever, viral infections (topically for cold sore and chicken pox treatment)
  • Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease
  • Radiation protection
  • Heart disease, diabetes
  • First aid for insect bites

The definition of balm is to heal and soothe, and this calming and delicious plant does just that. Melissa is from Greek meaning “honey bee” or “honey.” In Greek mythology Melissa was a nymph who shared the wisdom and honey of the bees. Lemon balm is a favourite plant of the bees. Not only does it produce lots of nectar, it’s also said to keep bees from swarming.2

Lemon balm has a documented medicinal history extending back to approximately 50 to 80 BC when it was traditionally thought of as a panacea herb. During the Renaissance Swiss alchemical physician Paracelsus said that lemon balm would completely revivify a man. Maude Grieve says the word balm is an abbreviation of balsam, the chief of sweet-smelling oils, and is so called because of its honeyed sweetness. She said it was indicated for “all complaints supposed to proceed from a disordered state of the nervous system”. She also quotes John Evelyn who wrote: “Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy”. Balm steeped in wine “comforts the heart and driveth away melancholy and sadness.” Grieve also touts lemon balm’s longevity virtues by mentioning John Hussey who lived to the age of 116 and breakfasted for 50 years on balm tea sweetened with honey.3,4

Content shared from Herbal Monographs, The Herbal Extract Company of Australia 2021

Lemon balm is used in our Mother Nurture, Peaceful and Restful Tea.