Lemon Balm -Melissa officinialis
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Internally for headaches, PMS and cramps, digestive issues, anxiety, increasing mental clarity, and viral infections.
Topically as a balm or tea to shorten duration of herpes sores.


Lowers thyroid hormone production. Should not be used during pregnancy. May exaggerate the effects of pharmaceutical sleep aids. Should not be taken if individual has glaucoma because it can increase pressure in the eyes.
May interact with HIV medications, sedatives, and thyroid medications.
If taken with other sedatives (herbal or pharmaceutical) do not operate any machinery because of excessive drowsiness, this includes driving.

First Aid

If a drug interaction is suspected call care provider and explain.
If a pregnant woman has taken the herb watching closely for signs of miscarriage.

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