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I have a huge cold sore that is itchy and spreading. I heard "lemon balm cream" works. What is that and what brand should I be looking for?

I have a huge cold sore that is itchy and spreading. I heard "lemon balm cream" works. What is that and what brand should I be looking for?

See a dermatologist: First determine if it is herpes. If it is, none of the topicals do enough to warrant much discussion. Whether lemon balm or expensive prescription, once you get a sore it heals about the same whatever you put on it. The effective remedy is to have on hand valacyclovir (or acyclovir) to take 2 Gram (2x1G) at very first tingling (prodrome). This is safe, no side effects, aborts the attack or produce ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Please explain if it is possible to overdose on lemon balm?

Please explain if it is possible to overdose on lemon balm?

No: It's been studied enough that if it could actually make you sick, we'd know. Don't expect miracles cures, but it's interesting from an herbalist standpoint. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of lemon balm extracts? How is it supposed to be taken and are there any side effects?

What are the benefits of lemon balm extracts? How is it supposed to be taken and are there any side effects?

Lemon Balm: Need to hear a fairly balanced impression from a traditional medical standpoint as opposed to an integrative medicine standpoint. One that I use alot with my patients is-
http://tinyurl. Com/be5qy3h. ...Read more

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Lemon balm and Effexor (venlafaxine) XR interactions?

Lemon balm and Effexor (venlafaxine) XR interactions?

Lemon balm & Effexor (venlafaxine): There are no direct interactions between the herb lemon balm and effexor, (venlafaxine) but lemon balm does have CNS depressant effects. That's how it may calm agitation, etc. I suggest caution and also discussing this possible use with your doctor. If Effexor (venlafaxine) is not providing the results you hope for, another reason for discussion. ...Read more

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Can lemon balm tea help with ibs?

Can lemon balm tea help with ibs?

Yes, possibly: Studies have shown that not only the oils of lemon balm, but also those of coriander and peppermint, can be antibacterial in people with ibs. Http://tinyurl. Com/lfd8ntf peppermint actually has better data, though. Http://tinyurl. Com/n7sx8k6 and http://tinyurl. Com/ljnoyt7. ...Read more

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Does lemon balm extract interact with wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Does lemon balm extract interact with wellbutrin (bupropion)?

No: I have checked several resources and there are no indications that wellbutrin (bupropion) and lemon balm will interact. However, you should tell your physician that you're taking lemon balm, if you are. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink lemon balm tea if your taking nortriptyline?

Yes: It shouldn't be a problem if used in moderation. Lemon balm is very mild. ...Read more

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Can I drink lemon balm tea if I'm taking nortriptyline 40mg at night? How many cups a day?

Can I drink lemon balm tea if I'm taking nortriptyline 40mg at night? How many cups a day?

Drug interactions: There seem to be no overt interactions however I advise moderation with any supplements and to always run things by your regular doctor regarding different herbal teas/ supplements. ...Read more

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To treat anxiety, Is there a pill form of lavender that can be taken to calm my nerves? Also read a lot about lemon balm, would appreciate opinions?

To treat anxiety, Is there a pill form of lavender that can be taken to calm my nerves? Also read a lot about lemon balm, would appreciate opinions?

Aromatherapy: Lavender has been used in cooking, in ice cream, in jam, and is known for its soothing properties. Crushing fresh lemon balm leaves can also be soothing. These may be a part of your treatment plan, alongside counseling and therapy. ...Read more

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Could you die from lemon balm please answer quick?

Could you die from lemon balm please answer quick?

I tried researching: This and was not able to find any reports of deaths related to lemon balm overdose. The only reports I saw about lemon balm allergies referred to contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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What is side effect with lemon balm exectra?

What is side effect with lemon balm exectra?

Lemon Balm Extract?: Maybe you mean lemon balm extract? It is usually well tolerated, but some people may have hypersensitivity responses including contact dermatitis, local reddening, burning sensation, etc. A preclinical study showed that some constituents of lemon balm may block activity of TSH by acting on it and on thyroid hormone receptors. It's hard to interpret studies b/c they're of combination products. ...Read more

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Is lemon balm good for hyperthyroid?

Is lemon balm good for hyperthyroid?

Not likely: If your thyroid is overactive, you need real medicine. Lemon balm may have a mild anti-anxiety effect, but it will not work as well as b-blockers or other meds for hyperthyroidism. On the other hand, lemon balm will not harm you, and you can take it if you want, unless taking it prevents you from getting needed treatment. ...Read more

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Can lemon balm be taken with an under active thyroid?

Can lemon balm be taken with an under active thyroid?

Not a treatment: An underactive thyroid needs thyroid replacement. I hope you are not considering taking lemon balm in its place even though I see no problem with it otherwise. ...Read more

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Will lemon balm herb interact with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Will lemon balm herb interact with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Anythin's possible: Unlikely but everyone is unique - if you are taking both and are having problems consult your doctor! ...Read more

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Can Lemon Balm help relieve daily anxiety and nervous nausea?

Lemon balm uses: Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. Some research shows that taking Lemon balm product (Cyracos) reduces symptoms of anxiety disorders.

Daily anxiety is likely due to stressors in life affecting functioning. Lemon balm cannot relieve severe anxiety.

Combination of lemon balm, peppermint leaf, and other herbs is used for nausea.
See Psychiatrist for treatment of daily Anxiety. ...Read more

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Can lemon balm tea help with ibs? Anxiety?

Can lemon balm tea help with ibs? Anxiety?

It depends: It's not easy to find the right diet when you have irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). Eating certain foods can cause major discomfort for people with ibs, but figuring out which foods cause the symptoms is a highly individual process.
You can try and see if this helps you. ...Read more

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I hear lemon balm tea can make you sleepy. So should it be consumed at night?

I hear lemon balm tea can make you sleepy. So should it be consumed at night?

Also OK in day: Lemon balm has a calming effect and may help one to fall asleep more readily at nite when already tired. During the day it can ease anxiety but is not likely to make you sleepy. However, it depends on how much you ingest and some people are more sensitive to it than others so feel free to experiment and see how it affects you at different times of day.
See http://www. Lemonbalmtea. Net/. ...Read more

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Can lemon balm tea help calm you down? Make you feel relaxed? Is it safe to drink if I'm taking nortriptyline 40mg at night?

Lemon Balm: Lemon balm (melissa officinalis) is known to be a calming herb. I could find no interactions between it and nortriptylene. However, it would be important to tell your prescribing physician that you're experiencing enough anxiety to be searching for ways to calm it. ...Read more

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Could you die from an overdose of lemon balm?

I just researched: This and was not able to find any reports of deaths related to lemon balm overdose. The only reports I saw about lemon balm allergies referred to contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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How much of this valerian pill should I take. It has 450 mg valerian and 100 mg proprietary herb blend (hops, passion flower, lemon balm)?

How much of this valerian pill should I take. It has 450 mg valerian and 100 mg proprietary herb blend (hops, passion flower, lemon balm)?

None at all: You list conditions of "fatigue" and "dizziness" in your clinical findings. With these existing problems, I do not recommend taking valerian at all. ...Read more

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Does Lemon Balm make birth control pills less effective?

Does Lemon Balm make birth control pills less effective?

Doubtful: I am unaware of any decrease in the effectiveness of Birth Control that would be caused by Lemon Balm. Check with your pharmacist to be sure as well. ...Read more

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I've been taking a cup of valerian root + lemon balm tea a day for a month. I stopped 2 days ago. Should I wait more, or can I start with clonazepam?

Very good question: Valerian contains ~150 different compounds, ; many haven't been thoroughly investigated. When people take 600mg valerian capsules, elimination half-life of one compound (valerinic acid) was ~1.1 hours. Http://tinyurl. Com/l6cgv6s with tea, you were likely not getting this 600 mg dose though. If your doctor has prescribed klonopin, (clonazepam) you're probably okay to take it -- but not together with the tea. ...Read more

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Someone bought me tea made w/ lavender flowers, lemon balm, & feverfew. Advertised as headache relief tea. Is it safe to use & if so how often?

Someone bought me tea made w/ lavender flowers, lemon balm, & feverfew. Advertised as headache relief tea. Is it safe to use & if so how often?

Safe but: Whether it works or not is another question. As for the dose, there is no scientific study on this especially given that the potency of the active ingredient (s) among different batches of the plants are not known and have not been standardized. Having said that, most people should be able to tolerate up to 4 cups of herbal tea daily as a rule of thumb- again just my personal opinion. ...Read more

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One day I took two capsules of 5-HTP derived from plant Griffonia simplicifolia. Next day had green stool. Is it 5HTP or lemon balm tea each morning?

One day I took two capsules of 5-HTP derived from plant Griffonia simplicifolia. Next day had green stool. Is it 5HTP or lemon balm tea each morning?

Probably neither: Neither 5-HTP nor lemon balm are known to cause green stool. It is most likely a coincidence that this happened after taking these. There are many possible causes of green stool; most are not serious. See http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/gettingdiagnosed/a/green_stools. Htm for a list of potential causes. ...Read more