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Lemon Balm

How does Lemon Balm work?

Lemon balm contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. It might also reduce the growth of some viruses.

Are there safety concerns?

Lemon balm seems to be safe for most adults. It can cause some side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and wheezing.

Some information suggests that lemon balm might be safe when taken by children under age 12 for up to one month.

Do not use lemon balm if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Lemon balm might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.

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