Lemon balm, also known as Melissa Officinalis, has been used for countless generations to preserve good heath and treat ill health, and with good reason. Although scientific research has only recently began to back up the numerous claims of the health giving properties of this herb, many uses have evolved and many can be testified to. Below are some of its commonly attributed health benefits. Anyone who has sniffed the aroma of Lemon Balm will understand why many people use it to alleviate headaches and nausea. It has a relaxing smell and is therefore very popular with headache sufferers. Due to the polyphenol tannins contained in lemon balm, it is regarded as an effective antiviral treatment. Over the years, Melissa plants has been used to treat herpes. Usually a lotion/oil or lineament based version of Melissa Officinalis is used. The high selenium content in this herb assists with its ability to regulate thyroid function and helps raise antioxidant levels, promoting immune system health. In autoimmune disease, oxidative stress is considered to be a major environmental trigger.
In Europe, preparations containing 700 mg lemon balm are used to treat the herpes disorder shingles. Topical creams containing 1 percent L-701, a dried extract of lemon balm, are also widely used to treat oral and skin blisters in herpes infections. Studies suggest that melissa reduces the development of resistance in the herpes virus and blocks the attachment of herpes virus to the receptor sites of host cells, preventing the spread of infection. In addition, the scientific testing of balm on certain animals has confirmed in antiviral properties.
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