Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a perennial herb whose leaves are used to make medicine. It is good for digestive problems, such as bloating, upset stomach, intestinal gas (flatulence),vomiting, colic; for pain, including headache and toothache; menstrual cramps, and for different mental disorders, such as melancholia and hysteria.
As lemon balm possesses calming properties it can be taken for anxiety, restlessness and sleep problems. Sometimes people use lemon balm for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer's disease, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid (Graves' disease), rapid heartbeat (nervousness), swollen airways, high blood pressure, tumors, sores, and insect bites.
Lemon balm can be applied to the skin to treat herpes labialis (cold sores). This product contains chemicals with a calming, sedative effect. It can also reduce the reproduction speed of some viruses. Lemon balm can be also used for colic in breast-fed infants.

Lemon balm is safe when used in amounts found in food and it is safe for grown-ups when used in medicinal amounts for a short period of time. Little information is known about the safety of this product when used for a long period of time. Some reports claim that lemon balm is safe when used in appropriate amounts by children and infants.
However, lemon balm can lead to some side effects when taken by mouth. These side effects include vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, wheezing and dizziness. When applied to the skin, lemon balm can cause irritation and increase symptoms of cold sore. It should be mentioned that lemon balm is not recommended to pregnant women and those who breast-feed their children. Little is known about the impact of lemon balm on an infant during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Thus, it's better to avoid its usage.
Lemon balm should not be taken before surgery because it might cause too much drowsiness, especially when combined with other medications. Don't take or use lemon balm minimum two weeks before a surgery.