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Lemon balm mother tincture: properties and benefits

lemon balm mother tincture

Melissa (Melissa Officinalis L.). is an aromatic herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the lamiaceae family.

Venus” plant par excellence according to signature theory, due to its pronounced antispasmodic, carminative, antioxidant properties, for the tratreatment of insomnia and states of agitation, it is widely used in Phytotherapy.



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Lemon Balm Mother Tincture: benefits and indications?

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Melissa Officinalis what is it?

Melissa, commonly called lemon balm, lemon balm, lemon grass or lemon grass, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to southern Europe and Asia.




The plant is characterized by its bushy habit, with rhizome horizontal and stem (80 cm) branched at the base, quadrangular and hairy.



The leaves are petiolate, hairy oval, with toothed margin and furrowed with numerous veins.




The flowers are bell-shaped calyx and, at first yellowish-white in color, later take on slight pale pink hues.



The many benefits of using lemon balm were discovered and handed down by Greek physicians who exploited its relaxing properties.



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Lemon Balm and Beekeeping:

Lemon balm has a special affinity with bees and more generally with the world of beekeeping.


In fact, it has been well known since ancient times thatbees are attracted to this plant, probably caused by the pleasant “lemony” odor emanating from the plant due to the high concentration of certain essential oils, which makes the melliferous insect very fond of it.



Testifying to the link between bees and lemon balm since ancient times is Pliny when in his Naturalis historia he warns that by rubbing the hives with lemon balm leaves, the swarms, attracted by its aroma, will not leave them.



We can also guess this from its name, Melissa, by which the Greeks called the bee.



Melissae” were also the Priestesses of the mysteries of Eleusis and Ephesus, in whose highly secret rites honey was used to wash the tongues and hands of initiates, to make their words and actions pure.

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The chemical composition of lemon balm:

In herbal medicine, lemon balm is often used in the form of Mother Tincture to best extract its active ingredients, using its leaves, which contain a phycomplex consisting of:



  • flavonoids (quercetin, apigenin)
  • Caffeic and chlorogenic acid derivatives
  • Polyphenolic acids (rosmarinic acid, affeic, protocatechic, chlorogenic)
  • triterpenes
  • Essential oil (citral, citronellal, geranial, alpha and beta pinene, caryophyllene..)
  • bitter substances
  • polysaccharides
  • mucilage
  • glycosides

Working in synergy, the combination of these constituents is responsible for the properties and action of this remedy.



The drug of the lemon balm plant is given from the leaves, which are rich in various
Essential oils and Flavonoids 
, which give its extract several beneficial properties.

Properties and benefits of lemon balm:

The Melissa, due to its role as both an antispasmodic and sedative, it is used in herbal medicine to counteract insomnia and anxiety related to visceral somatization.


It therefore proves useful to use in cases of gastritis, nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel and headaches.



In addition, lemon balm is also attributed properties carminative, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-hormonal. The antioxidant properties, as well as protective against oxidative stress damage, given by its extract are attributable to therosmarinic acid contained in it.



The same rosmarinic acid would appear to is also responsible for the antiviral activity that lemon balm exerts on the Herpes simplex virus, as shown by a study conducted in vitro.

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Melissa Mother Tincture: ministerial claims:

Lemon Balm Alcohol-Free Mother Tincture, or Lemon Balm Glyceric Macerate, is a natural remedy for which these properties can be claimed:



  • Promotes mood
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Promotes mental well-being
  • Useful for digestive function
  • Useful for gastrointestinal motility
  • Useful for gas elimination.

All of these claims are regulated and approved by the Italian Ministry of Health for their physiological effects, aimed at “optimizing the body’s functions within homeostasis.”

Lemon Balm Mother Tincture

Mother tincture (TM) is a liquid preparation, obtained by extracting the fresh drug by
 or maceration with an appropriate solvent.



The solvent most used in mother tinctures is a hydroalcoholic solution (water + alcohol) with a variable alcohol content (most often between 60 ° and 80 °) depending on the solubility of the active ingredients to be extracted.



Lemon Balm Mother Tincture is an herbal preparation extracted from the leaves of Melissa Officinalis, which are macerated in a 1:10 ratio in a solution of water and Alcohol. It is an herbal remedy believed to be useful for its antispasmodiccarminative, antioxidants, for the treatment of insomnia and states of agitation, and which is widely used in Phytotherapy.

Melissa Glyceric Macerate: what it is

In recent years, Mother Tinctures extracted with the Vegetable Glycerin instead of Alcohol, which makes them better in several respects. In addition, since Glycerin is a less potent type of solvent and therefore less extractive than Alcohol, innovative extraction techniques are used, such as the‘Ultrasonic Extraction..




Ultrasonic extraction is an innovative, clean, quick and easy extraction technique that allows to extract the active ingredients from plants and medicinal plants in particular and to make quality phytoextracts , taking advantage of the exclusively mechanical action exerted by the cavitation effect produced by sound waves.




Lemon Balm Mother Tincture 
is obtained by hydroglyceric maceration of the leaves of the Lemon Balm, again at a ratio of 1:10, and is an innovative type of Mother Tincture, which, having been obtained by the ultrasonic process, makes it better from several points of view.



We at Vonderweid, thanks to our 20 years of experience in the field of dietary supplements and after a long process of research and development in our laboratories for the production of
Non-alcoholic Mother Tinctures 
, we have managed to obtain a product with the desired characteristics.



Our non-alcoholic mother tinctures are classified as Dietary Supplements and are regularly notified to the Ministry of Health.

Lemon balm, how many drops to take?

For the intake of Melissa drops, we recommend the use of 40 drops dissolved In a glass of water, 1-3 times a day. Taking 40 drops of Vonderweid Lemon Balm Mother Tincture 3 times a day (120 drops total) is equivalent to taking 906 mg of lemon balm.

Always remember Not to exceed the recommended daily dose. Keep out of the reach of children under 3 years of age. Dietary supplements should not be understood as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and we always recommend the advice from your doctor or nutritionist before taking.

The advice, therefore, is to always consult your primary care physician before starting to take St. John’s Wort mother tincture, then consult a good herbalist or herbal medicine expert to determine how to take St. John’s Wort tincture and in what amounts.

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