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Soothing Lemon Balm

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March 5, 2022

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is an herbaceous plant in the mint family that is known for its sunny, citrusy aroma and soothing properties. Discover the storied history and myriad wellness benefits of lemon balm, along with the best lemon balm teas to enjoy.

Delicious & Calming Lemon Balm Tea

Whether you are searching for an uplifting infusion to help you focus or a relaxing cuppa to sip before bed, lemon balm is the perfect herbal ally for supporting your wellness goals and satisfying your taste buds. 

Discover our favorite lemon balm teas:

  • get happy® – No. 13 Tea for Lifting Your Spirits: Sip your way to bliss with this cheerful infusion of rooibos, lemon balm, lemon myrtle, St. John’s wort and Rhodiola.
  • Chamomile Lemon Herbal Tea: A blend of chamomile, lemon balm, linden flowers, orange blossoms, lavender, skullcap, passion flower, lemon juice and valerian root yields a fragrant and soothing cup. 
  • Beautifying Botanicals® Beauty Brain® Herbal Tea: Nourish your brain and your complexion with this delightful tea featuring lemon balm, ginkgo Biloba, kiwi, lion’s mane mushroom and other botanicals.
  • SuperAdapt Clarity and Calm® Tea: Lemon balm, passionflower and licorice root add a sweet, light floral taste to this ashwagandha-based tea.
  • Calm Rest: Invite a quiet moment for yourself with a fragrant cup of tea featuring fragrant chamomile, lavender, lemon balm and passionflower, finished with a touch of licorice and vanilla.

Wellness Benefits of Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is regarded as a calming, soothing herb. It has traditionally been used to combat anxiety, stress, depression and related symptoms, such as nervousness and irritability.* Studies have demonstrated that lemon balm may support cognitive function and serve as a mood elevator.* These potential benefits are linked to the compound rosmarinic acid.

Research also indicates that lemon balm may act as a sleep aid by reducing restlessness and other symptoms of insomnia.*

Lemon Balm Origins & History

Lemon balm is known for its citrus-scented leaves, which have long been used in aromatherapy, traditional medicine and cooking. Originally native to the Mediterranean region and Central Asia, lemon balm is now naturalized in North America and other temperate areas of the globe.

The medicinal use of lemon balm dates back more than 2,000 years to ancient Greece and Rome. Lemon balm is mentioned in Historia Plantarum, written by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus of Eresus in 300 BCE. The plant genus Melissa is derived from the Greek word for “honey bee,” and refers to the strong attraction bees have to this herb. According to folklore, bees will never abandon their hive as long as lemon balm grows nearby.

The Greeks also revered lemon balm as an elixir of vitality and longevity — a reputation that has lived on through the centuries. Avicenna, the Persian physician and father of early modern medicine, proposed lemon balm as a remedy for depression and anxiety.

Lemon balm was widely used by herbalists and healers during the medieval period. It was also used by Carmelite nuns in the 1400s, who concocted their famous Carmelite Water (also known as Eau de Mélisse) by mixing lemon balm with various herbs and spices.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.