Herbal nootropics are often powerful tools that can benefit our bodies and brains in many different ways.
Lemon balm is no exception to this rule and offers a variety of benefits to help boost cognition, create calmness, reduce anxiety, and promote better sleep.
For centuries people used this plant as a way to promote good health. Its primary function as a sleep aid is well known, but new studies show just how powerful this plant can be to your mind.
What is Lemon Balm?
Lemon balm is a plant found in the Mediterranean region of the world. Ancient Romans used to steep the leaves into their wine as a way to improve their overall health. In fact, many people drink lemon balm tea for its soothing effect.
But there is so much more to lemon balm than a pleasant tea and a way to fall asleep faster.
There are actual compounds found in lemon balm that can help stimulate good GABA activity and relieving stress. There are even studies that look into the way it can help Alzheimer’s patients and improve their cognition.
Lemon balm is quite popular as a tea, and you can find it in most health food stores and even in some grocery stores.
If you choose to drink it as a tea, make sure you look at all the other ingredients and buy from a brand or supplier you trust. The extract of lemon balm is much more powerful, and if you choose the right source, you can see benefits right away.
In short, lemon balm is a simple and effective way to reap tons of cognitive benefits from a more relaxed mood to decreased cognitive disturbances.
These benefits can be helpful for healthy individuals and those who have diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Other Names for Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis, Honey Plant, Sweet Balm, Common Balm, Dropsy Plant, Melissae Folium
I tend to suffer from anxiety from time to time. It isn’t anything debilitating, but it can get in the way of certain things like public performances or presentations.
After reading recent research about lemon balm’s ability to relieve anxiety, I decided to try it in tea form. I knew that the tea wasn’t the strongest form of lemon balm, but because it was the first time I didn’t want to be overwhelmed.
I definitely felt a soothing effect and about an hour after I had the tea, I was more relaxed and even started nodding off much earlier than I normally do.
For this reason, if you’ve never tried lemon balm tea you should do so right before bed, so you don’t fall asleep anywhere inconvenient.
The main mechanism of lemon balm is to inhibit GABA, a neurotransmitter that regulates fear and anxiety.
By inhibiting GABA, lemon balm hel