Lemon balm

Melissa officinalis Calming and relaxing

Lemon balm is traditionally used during times of tension, restlessness and anxiety, and is ideal when you are feeling uptight, agitated or overwrought. In clinical trials, people affected by stress have reported feeling increased levels of calmness and improved mood after just a single dose of lemon balm, but it can also be taken over a longer period when stress is ongoing. 0 DOSVGK Infuse 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh aerial parts of lemon balm in boiling water; drink 1 cup 2 to 3 times per day. The herb has a mild sedative action, so if you are suffering from fatigue, take it only in the evening.


• Do not take Korean ginseng if you have diabetes, cardiovascular disease (including high and low blood pressure), depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, mental illness (including bipolar disorder and similar conditions), insomnia, blood clots or bleeding disorders.

• Korean ginseng is known or suspected to interact with many pharmaceutical medications - including antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, anticoagulants, insulin and hormonal therapy - so consult with your physician or pharmacist before taking it. Do not take it at the same time as stimulants such as caffeine.

• Korean ginseng is traditionally contra-indicated during acute infections.

• Side effects are occasionally reported with the use of Korean ginseng. These may include headache, disturbed sleep and skin problems. If this occurs, stop taking the herb

• Do not use oats if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

• Lemon balm may interact with some pharmaceutical medications, including

An infusion of oats seed is used topically to soothe itchy skin.

certain sedatives, and a group of medicines referred to as cholinergic (or parasympathomimetic) drugs, which are prescribed for Alzheimer's disease and a range of other conditions - if you are taking prescribed medicines, talk to your doctor before using lemon balm • Do not take any of these herbs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

Depression and anxiety

Used appropriately, herbs can help lift your mood or calm vour nerves when you find things difficult to deal with.

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