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Lemon balm extract powder comes from the lemon balm plant, alternately known as balm mint and scientifically known as Melissa officinalis. It is an organic form of the mint plant that grows all over the world.
Lemon balm was initially used as a tonic in Hellenic Greece. It was later introduced in Europe and used prominently in the Middle Ages, where it was extracted as an elixir that was applied to sores and flesh wounds or prescribed for fevers and headaches. In traditional and alternative medicine, lemon balm has been brewed as a tea to provide a slight calming effect.
Lemon balm extract powder offers a concentrated form of the herb, presenting a potential wide range of beneficial effects.
Lemon balm extract is most powerful as a mood booster. Much of that comes from how it interacts with gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. GABA is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system responsible for inhibiting excited neurons throughout the nervous system. In other words, it is the brain’s primary response to stress.
GABA allows for smooth communication between the brain and the nerves even during times of mental or physical duress. Instead of directly supplementing GABA, lemon balm inhibits GABA transaminase, the organic chemical that blocks GABA.
Even aside from augmenting GABA production, lemon balm has been found to contain complex chemical compounds that soothe muscles and nerves. Eugenol, for instance, relaxes muscle tissue, which eases tension and prevents the involuntary tightening of muscles.
Lemon balm has traditionally been used to support normal sleep. Studies have yet to single out it’s potential sleep benefits, but some sources point to terpenes, organic compounds in the herb that provide a soothing, numbing effect. This can combine with GABA’s tendency to quiet the mind before sleep.
Lemon balm extract may have mood-boosting properties. Studies have shown that lemon balm may reduce many of the physical reactions triggered by stress, like inflammation and muscle tension.
Studies also suggest that lemon balm extract can help increase concentration and focus, potentially providing greater mental clarity. When taken as a daily supplement, lemon balm extract may enhance memory, learning, and general cognitive functions. Some studies show that these cognitive effects are a result of how lemon balm interacts with acetylcholine receptors. Acetycholine is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in the brain, most prominently in concentration, memory formation, and logical and verbal reasoning.
To learn more, read the lemon balm extract reviews below.
Also Known As: Melissa officinalis, Melissengeist, Bee balm, Garden Balm, Melissa, Erva-cidreira
Product includes one (1) 125g or 250g jar of Lemon Balm Water/Ethanol Extract powder.
*Attention: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It has not been approved, nor have these statements been evaluated, by the FDA.
Noticeable but mild anxiolytic effect, though I suspect those without anxiety issues at baseline may not notice this as it's definitely subtle.
Where it shines most (IMO at least) is in combination with other mild anxiolytic herbs/supplements like ashwagandha (I prefer Sensoril), theanine, phenibut etc in low doses. There definitely appears to be some synergy with other GABAergics so don't recklessly combine this with alcohol or benzos as it will likely increase sedation and worsen reaction times and so on.
I cycle phenibut frequently and this extract (along with ash and theanine) seems to have made my most recent taper noticeably more comfortable. Lemon Balm is great stuff, and for the low asking price it's definitely worth trying if this sounds like something you'd benefit from. Thanks ND for the great service as always and for stocking awesome products like this one :) Duke on 10th Mar 2017