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LEMON BALM - 蜜蜂花
Melissae officinalis

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Sleep disorders, menstrual cramps, cardiac neurosis, palpitation of the heart, nervous headache, abdominal cramps, nervousness, exhaustion, psychosomatic symptoms ; external with skin impurities and fever Blisters ...

Description

Composition :
100% Melissae officinalis folium - 200 mg

Part used :
Leaves

Lemon Balm (Melissae officinalis), also known as Balm Mint, and not to be confused with Bee Balm (which is genus Monarda), is a perennial herb in the Mint family (Lamiaceae), native to central Europe and the Mediterranean region, which may grow tob e 23 or even 30 years old.

It grows typically 20 - 90 cm (8-35in) tall. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent, related to mint. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. These attract bees, hence the genus name Melissa (Greek for ‘honey beee’). Its flavour comes from citronellal (24%), geranial (16%), linalyl acetate (12%) and caryophyllene (12%).

Lemon Balm is useful in treatment of digestive disorders, stress, circulatory disorders and colds. The ingredients - tanning agents, sesquiterpenes, hydrocarbons, flavanoids, rosmarinic acid and essentil oils like citral, citronellal, linalcol, gerianol and aldehyde - have a soothing effect on the nervous system. The actual content in essential oils depends significantly on climatic conditions and provenience of a plant.

Lemon Balm combines well with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) or – for women only - with Hops (Humulus lupulus strobulus).

History: In medieval times, the leaves of Lemon Balm were used for treatment of hysteria, melancholy (depression) and nightmares. In 2006, Lemon Balm was declared medicinal plant of the year.

Dosage

Take 3-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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