) has been used in herbal medicine for centuries to help treat imbalances in the central nervous system. Its bioactive compounds including rosmarinic acid are demonstrated to have a calming, mood stabilizing, concentration boosting, and memory enhancing effects
. Rosmarinic acid’s inhibiting interaction with the GABA-ergic system is also shown to produce anti-anxiety side-effects [Scholey et al. 2016]
. In traditional medicine, lemon balm is also used to help relieve gas, muscle spasms, and pain [Miraj et al. 2016].
Reviews of the scientific literature on lemon balm show that there are various studies that demonstrate its health benefits, most notably its antioxidant activity. Lemon balm is found to be a rich source of flavonoids, rosmaric acid, gallic acid, and phenols. These phytochemicals have antioxidant activities that reduce oxidative stress and ultimately inflammation
, the root cause of various degenerative diseases [Miraj et al. 2016; Shakeri 2016