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Citrus limon
100% Pure

Lemons were mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts as early as 800 BC, and famed explorers like Columbus and Vasco DeGama carried lemons and othe citrus fruits with them during their arduous sea voyages. NOW® Lemon Oil is naturally cold-pressed from fresh lemon peels. This essential oil is 100% pure

* 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.

Supplement Facts

Warning: Natural essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with care.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
REACTS STRONGLY TO ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT.
NOT FOR INTERNAL USE IF UNDILUTED.

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NOW FOODS, BLOOMINGDLAE, IL 60108

Health Notes

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a 1% 70:1 herbal extract four times per day
Lemon balm, with its antiviral properties, appears to speed the healing of cold sores and reduce symptoms when applied topically as a cream.(more)
Infection
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Lemon balm is an antiviral and antimicrobial herb.(more)
Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a 1% 70:1 herbal extract four times per day
Lemon balm, with its antiviral properties, appears to speed the healing of cold sores and reduce symptoms when applied topically as a cream.(more)
Alzheimer's Disease
Dose: 60 drops per day of a 1:1 herbal tincture, standardized to contain at least 500 mcg per ml of citral
Supplementing with an herbal extract of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has been shown to improve cognitive function and reduce agitation in people with Alzheimer's disease. (more)
Colic
Dose: 1/2 cup (118 ml) of tea up to three times daily
A soothing tea made from chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, and lemon balm has been shown to relieve colic more effectively than placebo.(more)
Insomnia
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Studies have found a combination of valerian and lemon balm to be effective at improving sleep.(more)
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Lemon balm is a gas-relieving herb that is used traditionally for indigestion.(more)
Nerve Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Traditionally, topical applications to the temples were sometimes used by herbalists for insomnia or nerve pain.(more)
Hyperthyroidism
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Test tube studies have found that lemon balm blocks attachment of antibodies to the thyroid cells that cause Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism), though clinical trials proving lemon balm’s effectiveness as a treatment are lacking.(more)
Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a 1% 70:1 herbal extract four times per day

Lemon balm has antiviral properties. A cream containing an extract of lemon balm has been shown in double-blind trials to speed the healing of cold sores.1 In one double-blind trial, topical application of a 1% 70:1 extract of lemon-balm leaf cream, four times daily for five days, led to significantly fewer symptoms and fewer blisters than experienced by those using a placebo cream.2 In most studies, the lemon-balm cream was applied two to four times per day for five to ten days.

References

1. Wolbling RH, Leonhardt K. Local therapy of herpes simplex with dried extract of Melissa officinalis. Phytomedicine 1994;1:25-31.

2. Koytchev R, Alken RG, Dundarov S. Balm mint extract (Lo-701) for topical treatment of recurring herpes labialis. Phytomedicine 1999;6:225-30.

Infection
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Herbs that directly attack microbes include the following: chaparral, eucalyptus, garlic, green tea, lemon balm (antiviral), lomatium, myrrh, olive leaf, onion, oregano, pau d'arco (antifungal), rosemary, sage, sandalwood, St. John's wort, tea tree oil, thyme, and usnea.

Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a 1% 70:1 herbal extract four times per day

Lemon balm has antiviral properties. A cream containing an extract of lemon balm has been shown in double-blind trials to speed the healing of cold sores.1 In one double-blind trial, topical application of a 1% 70:1 extract of lemon-balm leaf cream, four times daily for five days, led to significantly fewer symptoms and fewer blisters than experienced by those using a placebo cream.2 In most studies, the lemon-balm cream was applied two to four times per day for five to ten days.

References

1. Wolbling RH, Leonhardt K. Local therapy of herpes simplex with dried extract of Melissa officinalis. Phytomedicine 1994;1:25-31.

2. Koytchev R, Alken RG, Dundarov S. Balm mint extract (Lo-701) for topical treatment of recurring herpes labialis. Phytomedicine 1999;6:225-30.

Alzheimer's Disease
Dose: 60 drops per day of a 1:1 herbal tincture, standardized to contain at least 500 mcg per ml of citral

In a double-blind trial, supplementation with an extract of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) for 16 weeks significantly improved cognitive function and significantly reduced agitation, compared with a placebo, in people with Alzheimer's disease.1 The amount of lemon balm used was 60 drops per day of a 1:1 tincture, standardized to contain at least 500 mcg per ml of citral.

References

1. Akhondzadeh S, Noroozian M, Mohammadi M, et al. Melissa officinalis extract in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease: a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2003;74:863-6.

Colic
Dose: 1/2 cup (118 ml) of tea up to three times daily

Carminatives are a class of herbs commonly used for infants with colic. These herbs tend to relax intestinal spasms.

Chamomile is a carminative with long history of use as a calming herb and may be used to ease intestinal cramping in colicky infants. A soothing tea made from chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, and lemon balm has been shown to relieve colic more effectively than placebo.1 In this study, approximately 1/2 cup (150 ml) of tea was given during each colic episode up to a maximum of three times per day.

References

1. Weizman Z, Alkrinawi S, Goldfarb D, et al. Efficacy of herbal tea preparation in infantile colic. J Pediatr 1993;122:650-2.

Insomnia
Dose: Refer to label instructions

A combination of valerian and lemon balm has been tested for improving sleep. A small preliminary trial compared the effect of valerian root extract (320 mg at bedtime) and an extract of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) with that of the sleeping drug triazolam (Halcion).1 The effectiveness of the herbal combination was similar to that of Halcion, but only the Halcion group felt hung over and had trouble concentrating the next day. A double-blind trial found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm, taken over a two-week period, was effective in improving quality of sleep.2

Another double-blind trial found a combination of 360 mg valerian and 240 mg lemon balm taken before bed improved reported sleep quality in one-third of the participants.3

References

1. Dressing H, Riemann D, Low H, et al. Insomnia: Are valerian/balm combination of equal value to benzodiazepine? Therapiewoche 1992;42:726-36 [in German].

2. Dressing H, Kohler S, Muller WE. Improvement of sleep quality with a high-dose valerian/lemon balm preparation: A placebo-controlled double-blind study. Psychopharmakotherapie 1996;6:32-40.

3. Cerny A, Schmid K. Tolerability and efficacy of valerian/lemon balm in healthy volunteers (a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study). Fitoterapia 1999;70:221-8.

Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Carminatives (also called aromatic digestive tonics or aromatic bitters) may be used to relieve symptoms of indigestion, particularly when there is excessive gas. It is believed that carminative agents work, at least in part, by relieving spasms in the intestinal tract.1

Lemon balm is a carminative herb used traditionally for indigestion.2 Lemon balm, usually taken as tea, is prepared by steeping 2-3 teaspoons of leaves in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes in a covered container. Three or more cups per day are consumed immediately after meals. Three to five milliliters of tincture can also be used three times per day.

References

1. Forster HB, Niklas H, Lutz S. Antispasmodic effects of some medicinal plants. Planta Med 1980;40:303-19.

2. Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, UK: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1985.

Nerve Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructionsTraditionally, topical applications to the temples were sometimes used by herbalists for insomnia or nerve pain.1
References

1. Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Gothenburg, Sweden: Ab Arcanum, 1988, 31, 286.

Hyperthyroidism
Dose: Refer to label instructionsFlavonoids, phenolic acids, and other compounds appear to be responsible for lemon balm's anti-herpes and thyroid-regulating actions. Test tube studies have found that lemon balm blocks attachment of antibodies to the thyroid cells that cause Grave's disease (hyperthyroidism).1 The brain's signal to the thyroid (thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH) is also blocked from further stimulating the excessively active thyroid gland in this disease. However, clinical trials proving lemon balm's effectiveness in treating Grave's disease are lacking.
References

1. Auf'mkolk M, Ingbar JC, Kubota K, et al. Extracts and auto-oxidized constituents of certain plants inhibit the receptor-binding and the biological activity of Graves' immunoglobulins. Endocrinol 1985;116:1687-93.

Parts Used & Where Grown

The lemon balm plant originated in southern Europe and is now found throughout the world. The lemony smell and pretty white flowers of the plant have led to its widespread cultivation in gardens. The leaves, stems, and flowers of lemon balm are used medicinally.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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LOVE

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Pros

  • Good Value
  • Natural-Feeling Results
  • No Side Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Homemade Products
    • Natural Cleaning

    Comments about NNF Now® Lemon Oil:

    I use this in my homemade cleaning spray, lotions and soaps. Love the clean scent it gives.

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    5.0

    Smells great

    By gaylal

    from Loganville, GA

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    • Very fragrant

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      • Daily Use

      Comments about NNF Now® Lemon Oil:

      This is the first time I bought this product. The scent is fabulous!

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      5.0

      Love this on cleaning day!!

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      from Lincoln, RI

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      I buy a duo pack of inexpensive atomizer spritzer sprayers from [...], and then add this fabulous oil with a touch of warm water. I love using it on a daily basis, it's great to freshen the house after cleaning. Or, just throw one in your purse, and you'll always have a spritz for yourself, the car, the office, wherever!! Love it!!

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