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Lemon Balm Essential Oil
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
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
What are the benefits of lemon balm extracts? How is it supposed to be taken and are there any side effects?
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
Yes: It shouldn't be a problem if used in moderation. Lemon balm is very mild. ...Read more
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)?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anythin's possible: Unlikely but everyone is unique - if you are taking both and are having problems consult your doctor! ...Read more
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
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