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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.
Many of Lemon Balm's benefits 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 may soothe muscles and nerves. Eugenol, for instance, has potentially been shown to relax 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 can provide a soothing, numbing effect. This can combine with GABA’s tendency to quiet the mind before sleep.
Studies also suggest that lemon balm extract may help increase concentration and focus, potentially providing greater mental clarity. Some studies show that these cognitive effects are a result of how lemon balm interacts with acetylcholine receptors. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in the brain, most prominently in concentration, memory formation, and logical and verbal reasoning.
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Lemon Balm Extract once daily.
Nootropics Depot offers 125g or 250g jars of Lemon Balm Extract powder. Nootropics Depot's Lemon Balm Extract has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
Get insight about other customers’ experiences by reading our Lemon Balm Extract reviews and experiences below.
Also Known As: Melissa officinalis, Melissengeist, Bee balm, Garden Balm, Melissa, Erva-cidreira
*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.
I have really come to appreciate this substance. It is subtle but works well, and it tastes pretty good when made into a tea. I take some during the day to calm me down, or a larger amount at night to sleep. It really shines when combined with ashwagandha. Hunter on 11th Jan 2018
I take a gram of lemon balm in the morning with my coffee. It works well to balance out the caffeine. It is like theanine in that regard, but better. Unknown on 11th Jan 2018
It's kinda subtle, but helps a bit with sleep Unknown on 13th Dec 2017
I tend to get agitated when I can't sleep, which obviously doesn't help, so it is nice to remain a little calmer when waiting for the sandman, but it doesn't cause sleepiness on it's own. It tastes terrible and isn't easy to cover up. My sister tells me Lemon Balm is highly valued in aromatherapy and commands top dollar. If ingestion translates from reported olfactory effects, then this is an amazing bargain, which makes me tempted to bump this up another star. Pleased with quality as usual with ND. Christopher on 6th Apr 2017
Where it shines most (IMO at least) is in combination with other herbs/supplements like ashwagandha (I prefer Sensoril), theanine.
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