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Lemon Balm

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 23, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Melissa officinalis
  • Balm
  • Cure-All
  • Dropsy Plant
  • Honey Plant
  • Melisa
  • Melissa
  • Sweet Balm
  • Sweet Mary

What is this product used for?

Some people use lemon balm to help lower stress and anxiety. Others may use lemon balm to help with herpes or cold sores. Some people use lemon balm to help promote sleep. Others believe it may help with heartburn. Lemon balm may be used to help with colic. It may also help with Alzheimer disease.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Avoid beer, wine, and mixed drinks (alcohol) while taking this product.

  • This product may cause you to be sleepy. Take extra care driving and doing tasks that you need to be alert for.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Low mood

    • Anxiety

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Dizziness

  • Wheezing

  • Skin irritation

  • Feeling very nervous or excitable

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Change in your ability to think clearly

Last Reviewed Date

2016-12-14

Consumer information use

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your healthcare provider. Only your healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to provide advice that is right for you. You should not rely on this information in deciding whether or not to use, or accept your healthcare provider’s advice regarding use of, any natural products or similar treatments, therapies, or life-style choices. This information does not endorse any natural products or similar treatments, therapies, or life-style choices as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information. It does NOT include all information about natural products, possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to you. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about your health and treatment options.

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