Lemon balm: a plant with numerous virtues.
Traditionally used for its beneficial effects on health, lemon balm has also been studied in numerous scientific works.
Sedative and anti-stress activity
Among these beneficial effects, researchers demonstrated the anxiolytic activity of lemon balm extract, both on animals and humans.
In 1980, initial scientific works demonstrated the neurotropic activity of this plant.
Scientific studies recently showed, with the aid of various behavioural tests, that lemon balm extract had a sedative neurotropic activity. This anxiolytic activity was confirmed on a group of healthy volunteers subjected to a stress. This study shows a statistically significant increase of individual calm and statistically significant reduction of the anxiety in subjects supplemented with lemon balm extract.
The European Commission and ESCOP (European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy) acknowledge the use of lemon balm today to relieve nervous disorders (insomnia and agitation).
Lemon balm was studied for its antioxidant effects. Studies have brought to light the strong antioxidant power of certain molecules present in lemon balm: the family of hydroxycinnamic acids and particularly rosmarinic acid.
In 1978, a team of researchers identified the antiviral properties of lemon balm aqueous extract. The activity of lemon balm on the herpes simplex virus is widely documented today.
Antibacterial and antifungal properties
Finally, it was shown that lemon balm essential oil is antibacterial and antifungal.