Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial herb, named for its characteristic lemon scent.
- Promotes relaxation and supports mood during stress (ref)*
- Supports mental clarity (at a lower dose) (ref)*
It has been cultivated and used for at least 2000 years in Central Asia, Europe, and Iran. It’s also known as bee balm or honey balm because its scent attracts bees (1).
Lemon Balm’s many benefits are due to its unique composition of flavonoids, essential oils, polyphenolic compounds, and triterpenes, among others. Extracts of its’ leaves are standardized to contain the very important polyphenolic compound known as rosmarinic acid (1). Rosmarinic acid is currently believed to be one of the primary constituents which benefits mood (2).
Lemon Balm Mode of Action
Lemon Balm promotes relaxation and supports mood during times of stress through interactions with GABA receptors (2).
While Lemon Balm is best known for its ability to promote feelings of calmness, lower doses may promote mental clarity (2).
Lemon Balm Dosage
Pure Nootropics’ Lemon Balm Extract provides 300 mg in each vegetarian capsule and is standardized to contain over 7% Rosmarinic Acid. Suggested use for adults is 1 capsule daily for mental performance support, or 2 capsules daily for stress support to promote relaxation.
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• Promotes relaxation and supports mood during stress (ref)* • Supports mental clarity (at a lower dose) (ref)* Kennedy DO, Little W, Scholey AB. Attenuation of laboratory-induced stress in humans after acute administration of Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm). Psychosom Med. 2004 Jul-Aug;66(4):607-13. doi: 10.1097/01.psy.0000132877.72833.71. PMID: 15272110. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15272110/
1. Miraj, Sepide et al. “Melissa officinalis L: A Review Study…” Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine vol. 22,3 (2017): 385-394. doi:10.1177/2156587216663433 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5871149/
2. Scholey, Andrew et al. “Anti-stress effects of lemon balm-containing foods.” Nutrients vol. 6,11 4805-21. 30 Oct. 2014, doi:10.3390/nu6114805 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4245564/