Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a herb native to Europe and Asia that’s traditionally been used as a herbal medicine.
Lemon balm contains a number of biologically active compounds including volatile compounds, riterpenes and phenolics which produce the herb’s benefits.
Lemon balm extract is included in Sleep Support by Beyond Vita®.
1. Helps Improve Sleep
Research shows that lemon balm can help improve sleep quantity and quality.
A pilot trial of lemon balm extract on subjects suffering from anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances found that 85% of participants receiving lemon balm extract achieved a full remission of their insomnia.1
A 2013 study of 100 women found that lemon balm with valerian significantly improved improved the participant’s sleep.2
In another study on lemon balm and valerian on dyssomnia in children, researchers noted that it is an effective treatment for young children with restlessness and dyssomnia.3
Lemon balm can help improve sleep and reduce sleep disturbances.
2. Stress and Anxiety
Lemon balm can also help reduce mental stress and calm anxiety.
In a study of lemon balm extract on subjects suffering from anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances found that 70% of study participants receiving lemon balm extract achieved a full remission of their mild to moderate anxiety.4
Lemon balm supplementation increased participants self-rated calmness in a double-blind study.5
Researchers noted in another study that lemon balm can help mitigate the effects of laboratory induced stress.4
Lemon balm has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety.
3. PMS Symptoms
Research also suggests that lemon balm may be able to help relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
In a 2015 study, 100 high school girls took lemon balm for three months. At the end of the trial the girls who took lemon balm experienced a significant reduction in the intensity of their PMS symptoms.6
Lemon balm may be effective at reducing the severity of PMS symptoms.
4. Cognitive Function
A study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine researching the effects of lemon balm on laboratory induced stress found that lemon balm extract increased the speed of mathematical processing without a reduction in accuracy.7
Improved memory was also observed after lemon balm supplementation in another study.8
Other research also shows lemon balm improving memory however an underlying mechanism remains unknown.9
Lemon balm may help improve cognitive function and memory.
5. Helps Lower a Rapid Heartbeat
Lemon balm may also be able to help reduce a rapid heart rate.
A study on lemon balm extract supplementation for 14 days found the herb reduced palpitation episodes and reduced anxiety in participants with heart palpitations.10
Lemon balm helps prevent heart palpitations by blocking sodium and potassium ion channels. This action decreases a person’s heart rate.11
Lemon balm can help reduce a rapid heart rate and prevent heart palpitation.
Lemon balm extract is an important herb that can help with sleep and anxiety in addition to other benefits.*
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