· By Roxanne Benefiel
The Health Benefits of Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a popular nutraceutical which has been used to improve health for many. Here, we give you a crash course on this super ingredient and its many uses.
What Is Lemon Balm?
Despite its lemon scent, lemon balm is actually in the mint family. Its aromatic properties make it an excellent garnish in drinks and sprinkled on dishes. This delightful herb has been used medicinally for centuries. It is known to aid in digestion, and ease anxiety. Popularly consumed in tea form, it also works well in a carrier such as dark chocolate.
Uses for Lemon Balm
If the description above made lemon balm an enticing botanical to add to your health arsenal, here are some more reasons to be a fan. In addition to its proven track record with digestion and anxiety, lemon balm may:
- Be a source of antioxidants- lemon balm acts as an antioxidant, combating diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Help you sleep- in addition to valerian, lemon balm may be used to aide in better sleep.
- Ease PMS symptoms- small studies have found that lemon balm may significantly reduce PMS symptoms.
- Decrease inflammation- another small study found that the herb had an impact on swelling and pain associated with injury.
- Fight viral infections- some studies indicate antiviral properties in lemon balm may be used to treat the very early stages of herpes infections.
Lemon Balm for Anxiety
Combat stress and anxiety with this helpful herb! Lemon balm is believed to increase GABA, which is a mood stabilizer. When your brain has enough GABA, you feel less anxiety and restlessness.
Protecting your mental health is important at any age. For women entering menopause, mood swings and anxiety range from slightly cumbersome to intollerable. Lemon balm is a natural remedy that assists in curbing negative feelings. It can also help with cognitive function and sleep.
Lemon Balm for Sleep
When lemon balm is combined with valerian, it has a significant impact on issues with insomnia. A study found that more than 80% of children experience improvement in their sleep after taking a combination of the two.
Another clinical study found that patients who suffered from anxiety noticed a significant improvement in sleep in addition to a reduction in anxiety when given lemon balm for 15 days.
Lemon Balm in Functional Chocolate
Anxiety Chocolate- Among other nutraceuticals, lemon balm is used in our Carefree Chocolate to help promote a sense of ease. This bar also features: peppermint oil, passion flower extract, chamomile, and organic bourbon ground vanilla bean. Each of these super ingredients are shown to reduce mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia without causing drowsiness.
Sleepy Chocolate- Lemon balm, valerian root, and lavender combined with other botanicals, make this chocolate the perfect bedtime nibble. Each of these ingredients are known to help you fall asleep faster and more soundly.
Order these bars and see the benefits of lemon balm and other soothing botanicals for yourself.