Lemon balm leaf | Melissa officinalis | Organic


Lemon balm is a valuble herbal remedy for its nervine and relaxant properties. It has a small amount of volatile oil, usually more abundant when picked fresh. However the dried plant is used medicinally. It is an aromatic herb, with a pleasant lemon aroma and grows easily in gardens. It also has carminative effects on the stomach and intestine & its relaxant effects are beneficial for sleep, anxiety & relaxation.

Its phenolic compunds are highly antioxidant (4).

Melissa can be used safely in children with sleep or anxiety issues. (1)

Lemon balm has been shown to inhibit HSV-1 and HSV-2 topically. A cream containing an extract of Melissa officinalis shortened the healing time for herpes simplex lesions, relieved symptoms and reduced the time between reocurrance. (2) (3)

Lemon balm has been found to improve depression, anxiety, stress, and total sleep disturbance (5)

All of our teas are organic or wild harvested from natural surroundings. Enjoy!

This information is for educational purposes. Please do not self-treat disease using herbs alone. Always consult with a qualified & registered herbalist and inform your doctor and pharmacist about your use of herbal remedies.

  1. Fisher, C, 2009
  2. Attachment and penetration of acyclovir-resistant herpes simplex virus are inhibited by Melissa officinalis extract.  Phytother Res. 2014 Oct;28(10). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24817544
  3. Inhibitory activity of Melissa officinalis L. extract on Herpes simplex virus type 2 replication.  Nat Prod Res. 2008;22(16):1433-40.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19023806
  4. Melissa officinalis L: A Review Study With an Antioxidant Prospective. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Jul;22(3):385-394.    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27620926
  5. The effects of Melissa officinalis supplementation on depression, anxiety, stress, and sleep disorder in patients with chronic stable angina.  Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018 Aug;26:47-52.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29908682
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Additional information


Dried Lemon balm leaf


Volatile oil – citral, , geranial, neral, citronellal, geraniol, linalool, b-caryophyllene, Phenolic acids – rosmaranic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, gallic acid, vanillic acid, protocatechuic acid, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, Terpenes – ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, carnosic acid, Tannins, Flavonoids – luteolin


Spasmolytic, Relaxant, Carminative


This herb has GRAS rating {Generally Recognised as Safe}. Avoid lemon balm if you have hypothyroidism. Herbs should generally be avoided when pregnant or tryng to concieve please consult with a qualified practitioner before self-prescribing.


Steep 1 teaspoon of herb for 10-20 minutes. Reuse and drink 1-3 times a day.


20 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams

Country of origin

Native to the Europe and Asia. Dried herb harvested in Canterbury, New Zealand, subject to seasonal availability.