Published December 5, 1984; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Melissae folium, lemon balm, melissa.
Lemon balm contains the fresh or dried leaf of Melissa officinalis L. [Fam. Lamiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
The leaf contains at least 0.05 percent (v/w) essential oil based on the dried herb. Main components are citronellal, citral a, and citral b, as well as other mono- and sesquiterpenes. Other ingredients are tannins unique to the Lamiaceae, such as triterpenylic acid, bitter principles, and flavonoids.
Nervous sleeping disorders. Functional gastrointestinal complaints.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Several times daily, 1.5 - 4.5 g of herb per cup of tea, as needed. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb, herb powder, fluid - extracts or dry extracts for teas and other galenical preparations. Ground herb and its preparations for oral use.
Note: Combinations with other sedative and/or carminative herbs may be beneficial.