Lemon balm extract 10% | Melissa officinalis

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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a popular herb commonly used in order to relieve acute or chronic stress. It stimulates GABA activity thus facilitating relaxation and improving the quality of nocturnal regeneration. Additionally, it supports cognitive functions via stimulation of acetylcholine receptors and intensification of neurogenesis.

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Lemon balm 10% | Melissa officinalis

Properties: Lemon balm definitely can be considered “legendary”. There are probably few people that have never heard a phrase like: “Take it easy, I’ll get you a cup of lemon balm tea”. Indeed, melissa is usually perceived as a natural remedy to cool down emotions and return to inner balance. Moreover, it is also one of the main components in many herbal mixtures. But why exactly is it so popular? And does drinking a cup of lemon balm tea really calm you down? Turns out it can and we have scientific evidence for that.. Lemon balm contains substances that have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Rosemary acid found in its leaves increases the availability of neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Thus, the stress level decreases and it becomes easier for us to handle tough situations. 

It is important to remember that an optimal amount of sleep is crucial to keep the mind healthy. If we want to get a proper night rest we need serenity. Therefore, supplements that contain melissa extracts should be taken in the evening after a long, stressful day.  Medical melissa not only helps us to calm down but it also stimulates the activity of acetylcholine – one of the key neurotransmitters of the brain. Hereby, it increases attention span and improves memory. Moreover, it supports the general condition of the nervous system by intensifying neurogenesis – the production of new neural cells.   

Lemon balm supplementation might prove to be beneficial, if we want to take extra care of our immune system. Scientific studies have demonstrated antiviral properties of melissa. Active compounds found in its leaves increase the production of leukocytes needed to produce any immune response. Moreover, this herb shows antibacterial properties against some of the microbes.

Keep in mind that lemon balm has become an important plant in aromatherapy as its essential oils are often used in order to relax. They have a pleasant smell and can soothe the senses. Perhaps those are the reasons why melissa extract was employed in ancient times to calm the nerves and ease the pain. This also might be an answer to why it has been so popular through ages. Now, it will be a good idea to enjoy all of nature’s gifts and appreciate their beneficial effects.

Occurrence: Lemon balm is a perennial herb that belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae). It grows naturally in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. There, it can be found near houses, yards or meadows, reaching up to 40 in. It has a distinctive citrus flavor, apparent especially when leaves are crushed. The leaves are round or heart-shaped with notched edges. In spring and summer time, its little, bright yellow flowers bloom somewhere between stems and leaves. 

In traditional European medicine melissa officinalis has been used for over 2000 years as a remedy for indigestion and as a painkiller. Fresh herbs were applied on wounds and rubbed into bite marks. In ancient Greece and Rome, this plan was also known as ‘ the joy for heart’ for its calming properties. It was also mentioned in the Historiae Plantarum, botanical treatise written by Theophrastus from Eresos around 300 BC. In the middle ages, lemon balm was also noticed by Paracelsus, who referred to it as a “life elixir”, as he considered it to be powerful enough to restore health.

Biochemistry: Undoubtedly, the compound that makes lemon balm’s properties so unique is rosmarinic acid. From a chemical perspective, it belongs to polyphenols. Essential oil, often used in aromatherapy, is one of the most fascinating substances found in lemon balm. Melissa plant also contains: organic acids (such as coffee acid and gallic acid), glycosides, triterpene compounds, tannins and bitter substances.

Fun fact: Melissa officinalis was often found in monastery gardens. Monks were skilled in producing wine and other alcohol drinks from this plant. In the 17th century there was a popular drink called “Carmelite soul” (Eau de Melisse des Carmes) – a spicy vodka based on fresh melissa leaves, secretly brewed by the members of the Discalced Carmelites order  from Paris.

How does Lemon balm 10% | Melissa officinalis work?

Reduces stress effects: GABA is a main inhibitory neurotransmitter. It has a calming effect on the brain, as it inhibits unnecessary and redundant nerve impulses. This is why its optimal amounts in the brain are crucial for us to cope with everyday stressful situations. Results of scientific studies have shown that active compounds of lemon balm can slow down the enzyme that breaks down GABA molecules. In such a way, this neurotransmitter can remain in the synaptic cleft and affect the neurons for a longer period of time. An increase in GABA activity helps to relax and maintain the inner balance even when the situation is overwhelming.

Helps to fall asleep: High stress level, especially chronic, often causes sleep disorders. Normalization of GABA level helps to calm down in the evening, which is an essential preparatory step for nocturnal  rest. Results of multiple studies have demonstrated that lemon balm extract can limit problems with falling asleep that stem from overexcitement or stress. Clinical studies have shown that insomnia was completely gone in 58% of participants who supplemented the extract. Moreover, a high level of GABA can promote NREM sleep phase – a slow-wave sleep during which our organism rests most effectively.

Improves condition of the brain: Results of scientific studies show that lemon balm has a beneficial influence on the central nervous system. Its active compounds strengthen neurogenesis – the process during which new neural cells are built. This process occurs in the hippocampus – a structure responsible for the long term memory. Therefore, its intensification leads to an improvement in the ability to acquire new information. Some active compounds of melissa tend to increase the activity of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter crucial for concentration, creative thinking and memory. Results of clinical trials show that supplementation with lemon balm extract benefits cognitive abilities.

Increases immunity: Traditional application of melissa also included treatment of viral infections. Results of multiple scientific studies prove that it makes sense. It has been demonstrated that Melissa officinalis efficiently defeats viruses responsible for herpes, flu, and even the HIV virus. What is more, active compounds of this plant are effective against some of the harmful bacteria and fungi. On top of that, those compounds are immunomodulators and thus can regulate the functioning of the immune system. It has been proven that oral supplementation of melissa extract significantly increases the amount of white cells that are crucial in the fight against pathogens. Last but not least, given its antihistamine properties, lemon balm can alleviate the symptoms of allergy.

Lemon balm 10% | Melissa officinalis product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract from Melissa officinalis (>10% rosmarinic acid)
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.60 ml ~ 350 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Lemon balm 10% | Melissa officinalis?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 300 – 600 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 2
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day / before bedtime
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 6 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

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