Description. While native to southern Europe, lemon balm is now found growing throughout the world. Lemon balm can be compared with the effectiveness of mint in the soothing effect it has on the stomach and the positive effect it has on the digestive system and urinary system (diuretic). Lemon balm holds some sedative properties. In case studies with humans and animals alike, lemon balm has demonstrated calming effects when taken orally. Lemon balm helps to calm and relax the nerves and has been used successfully since the Middle Ages. Lemon balm infusion can be used in form of compresses for skin problems such as acne, itching and boils. Use. Lemon balm is useful for relieving menstrual cramps, urinary spasms, and gastrointestinal complications or pain. Lemon balm is used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with indigestion and offers relief for such symptoms as gas and bloating. Lemon balm is also beneficial to those suffering from nervousness, anxiety and slight insomnia. When consumption doses are increased, lemon balm may induce sleep. One case study indicated further benefits of lemon balm may include improved memory and lengthened attention span among patients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. This may be a consequence of the presence of antioxidants in lemon balm, which are suspected to offer protection for the body's cells from oxidation, a chemical process causing damage to the cells. Yet another case study showed the use of lemon balm in aromatherapy, applying or inhaling fragrances to affect the mood, was effective in calming overexcited individuals.
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