Lemon balm, scientifically known as Melissa officinalis, is a herb that offers numerous health benefits. Its leaves contain compounds, such as rosmarinic acid and citronellal, which possess antiviral and antibacterial properties. Consequently, lemon balm can help boost the immune system and protect against infections such as cold sores and herpes simplex virus.
It has also been found to reduce stress levels by promoting relaxation via stimulating gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. Studies have indicated that lemon balm can alleviate anxiety symptoms, improve sleep quality, and decrease agitation and aggressiveness levels among Alzheimer's patients.
Additionally, the herb possesses potent antioxidant qualities that may help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Lemon balm tea can be consumed daily to reap these benefits or taken as an herbal supplement.
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