Product No. P12030

Balm herb is a common, widely cultivated plant, found in Britain, Europe, West Asia and North Africa. It is a perennial, stalked herb, with 3-4cm long leaves, and small whitish flowers that appear in spring. The plant has a lemony taste and odour.

Lemon Balm’s constituents include volatile oil, flavonoids, polyphenolics and triterpenic acids. It is used very widely in herbal teas, and as a carminative, sedative and diaphoretic. It also has anti-viral properties (mainly due to the rosmarinic acid and other polyphenolics) and cream containing extracts of Balm is often used in the treatment of the Herpes simplex virus.

The sedative effects of balm herb have been shown to make a significant improvement in psychiatric disorders such as vegetative dystonia, and it has well-known anti-hormonal effects. This is due to the fact that it inhibits many of the effects of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) by interfering with the binding of TSH to plasma membranes. It also inhibits the receptor binding and biological activity of immunoglobulins in the blood of people with Graves disease.

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