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Lemon Balm- Alzheimer's Improves Memory Cognition
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:29 PM
Joined: 12/12/2018
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 Can also combat obesity and  helps treat cancer
 Improves sleep
 Produces calming effect, improves mood, reduces stress
 Treats panic attacks.
 Reduces depression and axiety.
 Improves memory and brain function.
 Helps to lose weight
 Aids in treatment of type 2 diabetes
 Has anti cancer effects
 Combats cold sores and herpes

Lane Simonian
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 12:48 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 4783

Thank you for posting this valuable information.  Lemon balm essential oil (Melissa officinalis) contains linalool which helps with anxiety and eugenol that improves cognition.  As far as I know, it is the only essential oil that contain both compounds.

The following study is for a lemon balm extract which may not be as effective as lemon balm essential oil via aromatherapy for Alzheimer's disease, but the results were still good.


Melissa officinalis extract in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease: a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial

Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of Melissa officinalis extract using a fixed dose (60 drops/day) in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Design: A four month, parallel group, placebo controlled trial undertaken in three centres in Tehran, Iran.

Methods: Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease aged between 65 and 80 years (n = 42; 18 women, 24 men) with a score of ≥ 12 on the cognitive subscale of Alzheimer's disease assessment scale (ADAS-cog) and ≤ 2 on the clinical dementia rating (CDR) were randomised to placebo or fixed dose of Melissa officinalis extract. The main efficacy measures were the change in the ADAS-cog and CDR-SB scores compared with baseline. Side effects were systematically recorded.

Results: At four months, Melissa officinalis extract produced a significantly better outcome on cognitive function than placebo (ADAS-cog: df = 1, F = 6.93, p = 0.01; CDR: df = 1, F = 16.87, p < 0.0001). There were no significant differences in the two groups in terms of observed side effects except agitation, which was more common in the placebo group (p = 0.03).

Conclusions: Melissa officinalis extract is of value in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and has a positive effect on agitation in such patients.

Here is a good historical quote about lemon balm:

400 hundred years ago, the English herbal physician John Evelyn wrote “Lemon Balm is sovereign for the brain. It strengthens the memory and powerfully chases away melancholy”.

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