What is Lemon Balm Extract?
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 use, 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 Benefits for Mood
Many of Lemon Balm's benefits comes from how it interacts with gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. GABA is a neurotransmitter 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, which 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 Benefits to Cognitive Health
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 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.
Lemon Balm Dosage
As a dietary supplement, take 1000mg of Lemon Balm Extract once daily.
Where to Buy Lemon Balm Extract?
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.
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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.